It's with an incredibly heavy heart that I write this. Kenny Baker, the man who played R2-D2 has passed away at the age of 83. It was confirmed by the actor's niece, Abigail Shield to The Guardian news paper.
"It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”
I was lucky enough to meet Kenny over the years and speak to him at length and we kept in touch via email every so often. The man was incredibly giving of his time and really loved to shoot the breeze and was nothing but witty, charming and brutally honest. To say he brought R2-D2 to life is an understatement. I'm at a loss for any more words.....
Kenny, May the Force be with you buddy :(