Tributes to much-loved Star Wars star Kenny Baker

Tributes have poured in to Kenny Baker, the 3ft 8ins actor best known for his role as R2D2.

Saturday, 13th August 2016, 6:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:26 pm
R2D2 actor Kenny Baker poses with a light sabre for the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope

It was announced this afternoon that the actor, who for many years had lived in Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, has died after a long illness at the age of 83.

Star Wars fans and Prestonians united in paying tribute to the star, who also had roles in Flash Gordon, Time Bandits, Amadeus, The Elephant Man and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

Lancashire comedian Steve Royle said: “Very sad to hear my old friend Kenny Baker has passed away.

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“A lovely man and I feel honoured to have shared a stage with him. RIP Kenny.”

Former Evening Post reporter Neil Docking tweeted: “I had a great chat with him for the Evening Post. Cracked me up. RIP.”

While Melanie Disley added: “What a great character he was! RIP Kenny.”

Fan Phil Amsel posted: “RIP Kenny. You will be missed.”

Kenny Baker at the comic convention at Preston Guild Hall

Star Wars fans Consetta Parker said: “Thank you Kenny Baker for bringing so much joy to our hearts. Your inspiration will live on throughout the galaxy...”

Kenny Baker at the comic convention at Preston Guild Hall