R2-D2 'Star Wars' actor Kenny Baker dies
Baker first played the robot character in the first 'Star Wars' film in 1977.
JOHANNEBSURG - British actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died at the age of 83.
His niece confirmed to international media that Baker suffered a long illness.
Baker first played the robot character in the first Star Wars film in 1977.
He also appeared in a number of other much-loved films in the 1980s, including The Elephant Man, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.
Fans have paid tribute to the actor on social media.
Kenny Baker bringing R2-D2 alive pic.twitter.com/8J2rw2oBOh
- IL0VETHE80s (@IL0VEthe80s) August 13, 2016
Rest in peace, Kenny Baker, the heart and soul of R2-D2. pic.twitter.com/NqOpxotxyK
- 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) August 13, 2016
Kenny Baker, the actor behind R2-D2 has died at 83. Thank you for turning an astromech droid into a cultural legend. pic.twitter.com/KrlQf8CCZD
- Inside the Magic (@InsideTheMagic) August 13, 2016
RIP R2D2. Farewell Fidget, Time Bandit. Goodbye Mister Kenny Baker. pic.twitter.com/wuiQuCH7g6
- edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 13, 2016
So sad to hear one of my dearest friends passed away. Rest in peace Kenny Baker. Love you. Will miss you! pic.twitter.com/FosdwNysGk
- Daniel Logan (@Daniel_Logan) August 13, 2016
Rest in peace, Kenny Baker. A little man who brought a little robot to life and changed the universe ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1E65sQX5ac
- Brian Altano (@agentbizzle) August 13, 2016