‘Star Wars’ fan dies days af­ter spe­cial view­ing

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JON HERSKOVITZ

AUSTIN: A ter­mi­nally ill Texas man and Star Wars fan who was granted his dy­ing wish to see the new The Force Awak­ens film be­fore it comes out in cine­mas has died, just a few days af­ter view­ing the movie, the man’s wife said in a Face­book post on Tues­day.

Daniel Fleet­wood, 31 and af­flicted with a form of can­cer that spread to 90 per­cent of his lungs, was able to watch an early cut of the highly an­tic­i­pated new Star Wars film, due in cine­mas on De­cem­ber 18, his wife Ash­ley Fleet­wood said.

Dis­ney said the screen­ing for Fleet­wood had taken place last Thurs­day and that “all in­volved were happy to be able to make it hap­pen”.

“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,” Ash­ley shared.

Fleet­wood’s wish to see The Force Awak­ens went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia with the hash­tag # Force­For­Daniel, which gar­nered the sup­port of Star Wars ac­tors Mark Hamill (Luke Sky­walker), Peter May­hew (Chew­bacca) and new­comer John Boyega.

Hamill tweeted he was “elated” that Fleet­wood had been able to see the film. – Reuters

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