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Peter Mayhew pays tribute to Kenny Baker with heartfelt letter

08.16.2016

Last Saturday the world lost a truly unique talent. Kenny Baker, the actor who portrayed R2-D2 in the STAR WARS movies passed away. Colleagues and fans took to the internet to express their feelings and share their fondest memories of Baker, with fans like Simon Pegg paying tribute.

On Monday, one actor and colleague who shared more in common with Baker than many would think, Peter Mayhew, released a letter on his website, Chewbacca.com, to express his feelings for the late Baker. In the letter he talked about how their physical characteristics (Baker was 3 feet 8 inches tall, while Mayhew is 7 feet 3 inches tall) allowed them to have a truly special bond.

Read the letter below:

Other STAR WARS actors to pay tribute include Mark Hamill, who took to Twitter with this lovely message:

Baker passed away on August 13 after a long illness.

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1:09PM on 08/16/2016
RIP R2D2 but that is such an awesome picture - Chewy smoking a fag! Who says smoking stunts your growth
RIP R2D2 but that is such an awesome picture - Chewy smoking a fag! Who says smoking stunts your growth
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12:02PM on 08/16/2016

Rip

God bless rip
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11:56AM on 08/16/2016
RIP, Mr. Baker.
RIP, Mr. Baker.
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