Terminally Ill ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Fan Daniel Fleetwood Dead at 32
It’s a sad day in the Star Wars Universe.
Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill Star Wars fan whose story inspired the internet to campaign for him to see The Force Awakens early, has died at age 32 from spindle cell sarcoma. This comes just one week after Daniel realized his dying wish, as JJ Abrams flew out to the Fleetwood residence for a private screening of the world’s most anticipated movie.
The news of Daniel’s death was confirmed by his wife, Ashley, who shared their final selfie together on Facebook, along with a touching eulogy:
Daniel 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?
The #ForceForDaniel movement was boosted by the stars of the movie, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley, and it quickly took on a life of its own. Ultimately, Abrams ended up coming through for Daniel, just as he did for another terminally ill fan prior to the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The cut Daniel got to see was a rough edit, but his wife wrote on Facebook that he loved the movie.
Our condolences are with Daniel’s family and friends at this time. If nothing else, he’s found peace through his final wish. May the Force be with him.