A terminally ill Star Wars fan, whose last wish to see the newest film in the saga was granted last week, died on Tuesday. 32-year-old Texas native Daniel Fleetwood had rare spindle cell sarcoma cancer, and was given two months to live back in July.
Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill Star Wars fan whose dying wish to see the upcoming Force Awakens sparked a global social media campaign, has died, his wife Ashley announced on her Facebook page Tuesday.
She broke the news on the caption of a photo of herself and Daniel wearing “#ForceForDaniel” t-shirts:
“Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero. Please hug uncle Marc for me and give Lucy lots of kisses. Rest in peace my love. This was the last selfie we ever took together. #forcefordaniel”
Fleetwood, who suffered from an aggressive form of cancer, was able to see an early cut of The Force Awakens last week after the hashtag supporting his wish went viral, catching the attention of Star Wars stars John Boyega, Peter Mayhew and Mark Hamill.
After news of Fleetwood’s death broke on Tuesday, Boyega tweeted:
#ForceForDaniel glad you got to see the movie more importantly that you slept in peace. God bless you man x x you inspire me xx
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) November 10, 2015