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British-born actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca the Wookiee, the loyal, furry companion of space buccaneer Han Solo in five of the “Star Wars” movies, has died at age 74, his family said.

Mayhew, whose face was never seen in the “Star Wars” films — his entire body was always clothed in his Wookiee costume — died at his north Texas home on Tuesday, according to the family’s statement on Twitter Thursday. No cause of death was given.

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