This breaks our hearts. Neil Hanvey, the terminally ill ‘Star Wars’ fan who got to see the unreleased ‘Rogue One’ film early, has died at just 36 years old. He had been battling cancer for three years, and thanks to the #RogueOneWish campaign, he was able to see the movie just two days before his tragic death.
Neil Hanvey passed away from cancer in hospice care on Aug. 22, the St. Michael’s Hospice official Facebook page confirmed. “On behalf of all our family we would like to thank everyone who has passed on their condolences following Neil’s death last night,” his wife Andrea wrote on the page. So sad.
“We would also like to thank the tens of thousands of people who supported the #RogueOneWish campaign,” she added. Neil’s final wish was to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story before he died, and his family started the #RogueOneWish campaign to try and make his dream come true. Star Wars icon Mark Hamill was among those who tweeted about the campaign, and Neil was able to see the film on Aug. 20 — months ahead of its December release date.
“All the messages of love during the past week have given us a great deal of comfort during a very difficult time. We would also like to thank everyone at St Michael’s Hospice, especially Amy Duncan, without who #RogueOneWish would not have happened,” Andrea wrote. “All donations at Neil’s funeral will go to the Hospice’s Family Support team and will be used to fund work with children and young people. An online donation page will be set-up shortly.” You can donate to Andrea’s crowdfunding campaign right here, and our condolences go out to her.
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