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Daniel Fleetwood: Terminally Ill ‘Star Wars’ Fan Dies At 32 After Seeing New Movie Early

Tue, November 10, 2015 10:49am EDT by Add first Comment
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May the Force be with you, Daniel Fleetwood. The terminally ill ‘Star Wars’ fan who campaigned for a chance to see ‘The Force Awakens’ early has passed away. Days after his wish was granted, Daniel’s wife confirmed his death on Nov. 10. He was just 32.

The Star Wars world is in mourning: Daniel Fleetwood is dead. The 32-year-old man became known all across the Star Wars universe after he launched efforts to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before his terminal cancer ended his life. Thankfully, right before his tragic death, his wish came true.

Daniel’s wife, Ashley, confirmed his passing in a Nov. 10 Facebook post, reports Us Weekly. She said that he “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.”

Sadly, Daniel was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of tissue cancer, in July. He had also been a Star Wars fan since he was a little boy, according to The Wrap. When his doctors told him he had less than two months to live, his dying wish was to see The Force Awakens before he went. He started the #ForceForDaniel campaign, asking Disney and LucasArts for a chance to view the movie.

Amazingly, the campaign took off! Not only did Daniel received support from across the Star Wars fan community, but he got support from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and from the stars of the new film: John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

Disney, LucasArts and J.J. Abrams listened, and granted a special screening of an unfinished version of the film in Daniel’s home on Nov. 5. On Facebook, his wife, Ashley, wrote “Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true!”

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Our thoughts go out to Daniel’s family and friends during their time of loss.

— Jason Brow