The iconic Kenny Baker passed away at the age of 81 on August 13, leaving fans desolate. The legendary ‘Star Wars’ great, who portrayed cunning droid R2-D2 for decades, was loved beyond belief, not just in the fandom, but in the entertainment industry itself. Kenny’s loss has been felt deeply, and mourners have taken to Twitter to honor the actor.
It wasn’t kept a secret that Kenny Baker was in declining health in his old age, but his death on August 13 at the age of 81 was sudden, and painful. Kenny died at home in Manchester after battling a “long illness,” according to his niece, Abigail Shields, who confirmed the terrible news to the Guardian. While nobody wants to hear that their hero is gone, Kenny’s fans have already realized that the best way to mourn is to pay tribute to him!
That little droid and I have been through a lot together. RIP Kenny Baker.
— Michael Herrod (@mherroditv) August 13, 2016
R2D2 is one of those characters that no one could figure out why they loved him. They just knew they did. Thank you Kenny Baker. #StarWars
— Jonah Helfrich (@JonahHelfrich1) August 13, 2016
RIP Kenny Baker, who will live on forever as R2-D2 in the hearts of millions.
— Angelica M. (@rarecandies99) August 13, 2016
RIP Kenny Baker, you played one of the best droids within the Galaxy 😢 pic.twitter.com/VTrDxYzIRY
— Jor Jor Binks (@jordhansss) August 13, 2016
Wow… Kenny Baker aka R2-D2 passed away. A piece of my childhood has been lost.
— S aka B (@SirBumbles) August 13, 2016
— Jenna Kuitunen (@JKuitunen) August 13, 2016
Kenny was a legend in the sci-fi universe for playing one of the most famous droids of all time, R2-D2. First stepping into that massive robot suit in 1977 for Star Wars, the 3ft 8in tall actor would go on to play the fan favorite droid for two more films in the original trilogy, and then in three prequel films from 1999 to 2005. Kenny was an impressive 70 years old when he stopped playing Artoo!
Kenny loved the Star Wars family, and Star Wars fans loved him. As any fan knows, most of the gang’s adventures wouldn’t have been possible without R2-D2’s help. Seriously, that little droid saves the day almost every time Luke, Han and Leia — or the characters in the prequels — are ever in a bind. Though Kenny never speaks a word in any Star Wars film, he plays one of the most important roles of all time. And that’s in any movie whatsoever.
HollywoodLifers, tell us your best memories of Kenny Baker in the comments. Are you a huge Star Wars fan?