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Kenny Baker Death: ‘Star Wars’ Co-Star Mark Hamill, Friends Mourn

Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor and more pay respect to the "heart and soul of R2-D2.”

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It’s a sad day for “Star Wars” fans and those who have worked on the franchise. Today, news broke that Kenny Baker, the actor who portrayed the beloved character R2-D2 in six films, had passed away after a long illness. The British actor rose to fame after taking on the role of the droid in 1977, and has since been a key factor in the “Star Wars” universe.

Upon heading the news of his passing, Mark Hamill tweeted a special message in remembrance of his dear co-star. “A lifelong loyal friend. I loved his optimism and determination. He WAS the droid I was looking for!” he wrote, quoting “Star Wars.”

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Ewan McGregor, who worked with Baker on the prequels, also paid tribute and expressed how sorry he was to hear the news. 

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“When I was a kid nothing inspired me more than ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Time Bandits,’” wrote Gary Whitta, screenwriter on “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” “Kenny Baker was a big part of both. Alas.”

Director Edgar Wright, Morgan Fairchild, who appeared with Baker in the film “Sleeping Beauty,” Kevin Smith, Guillermo del Toro and many more friends and fans expressed their condolences on social media. 

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