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Update: ForceForDaniel's Daniel Fleetwood passes away

11.10.2015

UPDATE: Sadly, Daniel's wife, Ashley, posted a message on Facebook letting everyone know that he had passed yesterday. Daniel was able to see an unfinished cut of THE FORCE AWAKENS thanks to fans rallying behind him with the #ForceForDaniel movement, which prompted Lucasfilm and JJ Abrams to reach out and allow him to see it before he died. See Ashley's update below: (PS)

Much too often fandom can take an ugly turn. Things that were supposed to be inclusive turn exclusive. Cliques take shape and suck the fun out of something that used to be enjoyable. People get mean and nasty in their ownership over a passion that many begin to pull away, wondering why they should even bother. All you need to do is spend a few minutes on the internet and you can see how bad things can get when you stick fandom under a microscope.

And then something like what transpired today happens, and it gives you hope. It shines a light on the good things that fandom is capable of, and it reminds us of the community environment that can exist when we all come together in a positive way rather than the toxicity that plagues it far too frequently.

Daniel Fleetwood has gotten to see STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Now, in the event that you haven't been following why that's meaningful, let me bring you up to speed.

Daniel Fleetwood had been diagnosed with a rare connective tissue cancer known as spindle cell sarcoma, and back in July he was given two months to live. With very little time left, Daniel's dying wish in many ways was to have a chance to see the new STAR WARS film as soon as it might be possible, not knowing if he'd still be around in December when the film finally sees its official release.

STAR WARS fans everywhere took to Twitter with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel in the hopes of raising awareness for this situation with the right people... and, in recent days, both John Boyega and Mark Hamill have caught wind of it and joined the social media cause.

Today Daniel's wife Ashley took to Facebook to fill everyone who has rallied to this cause in on the progress of this movement.

These are the moments that make you proud to be a fan of anything, that make you feel good about the passion you've given so much of yourself to over time. This was a man who was terminally ill and simply wished for an opportunity to have one more go with this thing he loved so dearly before he had to say good-bye... and the passion turned around and took care of him. He helped one of its own, putting a smile on his face and lifting his spirits at a time when it was needed badly.

This is good stuff right here that should warm your heart. The right thing was done, and the Force was proven to be with Daniel Fleetwood.

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6:53AM on 11/11/2015
this was good mojo for disney, granting him a dying wish was the right thing to do here.
hope you're with God now dude.
this was good mojo for disney, granting him a dying wish was the right thing to do here.
hope you're with God now dude.
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10:48PM on 11/10/2015
Daniel, I'm jealous with envy...you've become a Force Ghost. Now The Force will be with you...always.

Daniel, I'm jealous with envy...you've become a Force Ghost. Now The Force will be with you...always.

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6:42PM on 11/10/2015
At least he got his last wish fulfilled. May he rest in peace and the force be with him.
At least he got his last wish fulfilled. May he rest in peace and the force be with him.
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2:55PM on 11/10/2015

AWESOME JOB

WELL DONE JJ, DISNEY, AND EVERYONE INVOLVED!
WELL DONE JJ, DISNEY, AND EVERYONE INVOLVED!
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2:51PM on 11/10/2015
RIP Bro
RIP Bro
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2:13PM on 11/10/2015
I'm very glad he got to see Star Wars and passed shortly after. As someone that has watched several grandparents die of cancer, I'm glad his suffering was short post seeing Force Awakens.
R.I.P and may the Force be with you.
I'm very glad he got to see Star Wars and passed shortly after. As someone that has watched several grandparents die of cancer, I'm glad his suffering was short post seeing Force Awakens.
R.I.P and may the Force be with you.
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2:06PM on 11/10/2015
Yet another reason to love Star Wars and the big mouse house, JJ top deserves credit but I also think kudos to Hamill, Boyega and Ridley for sharing his plight beforehand. I'm a massive Star Wars fan and I know there are people out there who don't get it - wife included - but clearly seeing this movie was important to this guy and I am happy a guy got a to pass away safe in the knowledge he'd seen the film. I think because of the world we live in now where we demand instant gratification and
Yet another reason to love Star Wars and the big mouse house, JJ top deserves credit but I also think kudos to Hamill, Boyega and Ridley for sharing his plight beforehand. I'm a massive Star Wars fan and I know there are people out there who don't get it - wife included - but clearly seeing this movie was important to this guy and I am happy a guy got a to pass away safe in the knowledge he'd seen the film. I think because of the world we live in now where we demand instant gratification and often get it with web leaks, spoilers, rumours and ways of getting movies before they are released some people of lost that feeling of what true anticipation and excitement is about. Well done all who made this happen, wouldn't it be nice if his local cinema were able to get their version dedicated in some way. RIP fellow Star Wars fanatic
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2:02PM on 11/10/2015

His last words were

"Bravo, George Lucas. And thank you."
"Bravo, George Lucas. And thank you."
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11:09AM on 11/10/2015

5 days later, Daniel passed away. Really sorry to hear.

I'll be honest and say that I didn't think too much of this story when it broke. It's difficult to trust people these days, especially when it comes to the new Star Wars film. I read today that Daniel just passed away, 5 days after this news was released. Today, I just watched news coverage of Daniel and his wife Ashley, seeing the video of him sitting down to Force Awakens and seeing his struggle to breathe had my heart skip a beat. Usually when we see a child get his "make a wish" come true,
I'll be honest and say that I didn't think too much of this story when it broke. It's difficult to trust people these days, especially when it comes to the new Star Wars film. I read today that Daniel just passed away, 5 days after this news was released. Today, I just watched news coverage of Daniel and his wife Ashley, seeing the video of him sitting down to Force Awakens and seeing his struggle to breathe had my heart skip a beat. Usually when we see a child get his "make a wish" come true, we never hear about them after that. Almost as if they recovered and will one day end up being our boss. Daniel leaves behind a wife, but got to be one of the first true fans to see the film, and that to me is very special to know. May The Force Be With Dan.
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10:34AM on 11/06/2015

Awesome

This makes me very happy : - ) Good job Disney and JJ!
This makes me very happy : - ) Good job Disney and JJ!
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9:00AM on 11/06/2015
"So shines a good deed in a weary world", to paraphrase / quote Shakespeare / Willy Wonka.
"So shines a good deed in a weary world", to paraphrase / quote Shakespeare / Willy Wonka.
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9:47PM on 11/05/2015
And his friends didn't even need to break in to Skywalker Ranch to get it. Because it's not there. Because George Lucas have almost nothing to do with this one. And the movie might even be really good, unlike The Phantom Menace. Stay strong, Daniel!
And his friends didn't even need to break in to Skywalker Ranch to get it. Because it's not there. Because George Lucas have almost nothing to do with this one. And the movie might even be really good, unlike The Phantom Menace. Stay strong, Daniel!
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8:02PM on 11/05/2015

i did not tear up, because i'm a MAN!

But as I fight back all this dust in the air and these late November summer colds... this makes me happy.
But as I fight back all this dust in the air and these late November summer colds... this makes me happy.
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7:48PM on 11/05/2015

I love this

Stuff like this and Batkid really turn on my heart light.

Now let's hope he makes it to December and beyond.
Stuff like this and Batkid really turn on my heart light.

Now let's hope he makes it to December and beyond.
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9:08PM on 11/05/2015
It does, doesn't it? In this wild world, I'm glad we get to see this kind of news. But I do wonder about that Unedited Version - if the special effects and soundtrack are there and all.
It does, doesn't it? In this wild world, I'm glad we get to see this kind of news. But I do wonder about that Unedited Version - if the special effects and soundtrack are there and all.
2:39AM on 11/06/2015
I assume the "unedited version" implies that they're still tweaking it before release. Cut a few frames here, add a few there, touch up the color correction and sound, that sort of thing.
I assume the "unedited version" implies that they're still tweaking it before release. Cut a few frames here, add a few there, touch up the color correction and sound, that sort of thing.
4:49AM on 11/06/2015
Yeah, that would be my guess as well.
Yeah, that would be my guess as well.
6:57PM on 11/05/2015
Good for Disney and Mr. Fleetwood. That good old Disney magic is still there.
Good for Disney and Mr. Fleetwood. That good old Disney magic is still there.
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6:46PM on 11/05/2015
I am not a fan of Disney taking over all good brands but this was Top Class by the PR team!
I am not a fan of Disney taking over all good brands but this was Top Class by the PR team!
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6:29PM on 11/05/2015
This is good stuff right here. I am grateful for the production to come forward and grant this mans wish. I can't wait to see it for myself. Daniel, May the Force be with you, always.
This is good stuff right here. I am grateful for the production to come forward and grant this mans wish. I can't wait to see it for myself. Daniel, May the Force be with you, always.
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6:34PM on 11/05/2015
I know tone doesn't come over well through text, but what makes you think I don't have compassion? I think this is a wonderful story. I just don't think EVERYONE needs to say the same shit about "Bravo Disney". I was just making a joke. You obviously have no sense of humor. You sir are the obvious asshole here.
I know tone doesn't come over well through text, but what makes you think I don't have compassion? I think this is a wonderful story. I just don't think EVERYONE needs to say the same shit about "Bravo Disney". I was just making a joke. You obviously have no sense of humor. You sir are the obvious asshole here.
6:48PM on 11/05/2015
@MechaKacho Being "that guy" who has to come into an otherwise emotional, resonating story and make a crude, cynical "joke" like that makes you seem like an asshole.

It's not our job to sift through your post and find the tiniest glimmer of sarcasm or humor that may or may not even be there. It's your job to write words in such a way that it's clear you have enough maturity to respect this kind of story and what someone like Daniel is going through and how much seeing a rough cut of the
@MechaKacho Being "that guy" who has to come into an otherwise emotional, resonating story and make a crude, cynical "joke" like that makes you seem like an asshole.

It's not our job to sift through your post and find the tiniest glimmer of sarcasm or humor that may or may not even be there. It's your job to write words in such a way that it's clear you have enough maturity to respect this kind of story and what someone like Daniel is going through and how much seeing a rough cut of the movie means to him in the very short amount of life he has left, while also making a little humorous comment to bring some levity here.

I mean, it's certainly possible. I've seen that kind of nuanced thing done before. But if you just want to write an obnoxious, inappropriate comment like you did, leave it at that, and then go after others for (rightfully) calling you out, then yeah - that makes you come across like an asshole. It's pretty simple.
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6:17PM on 11/05/2015

Nice....

Good for JJ & Disney. Some things are more important than trying to get all the money you can.
Good for JJ & Disney. Some things are more important than trying to get all the money you can.
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6:08PM on 11/05/2015
All i can say is what a classy move by disney , jj , boyega and hamill....they seem like a nice young couple and very deserving of this ...may the force be with them both.
All i can say is what a classy move by disney , jj , boyega and hamill....they seem like a nice young couple and very deserving of this ...may the force be with them both.
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5:49PM on 11/05/2015

Cough

Oh no, my computer is sick! It has a virus! Can I request it gets a free screening of the new Star Wars movie too? It only has like 2 weeks till it shuts down for good.
Oh no, my computer is sick! It has a virus! Can I request it gets a free screening of the new Star Wars movie too? It only has like 2 weeks till it shuts down for good.
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6:27PM on 11/05/2015
This guy here is just a straight asshole with no compassion.
This guy here is just a straight asshole with no compassion.
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