Peter Mayhew, "Chewbacca," RIP

Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, died on April 30.

He was 74 years old. Several years ago, my son, then 10, and I had the good fortune to meet and briefly chat with Mayhew; he was kind, warm, personable, and unhurried with every single kid (and adult) who approached him.

According to a statement from Mayhew's family, "there will be a memorial in December (in Los Angeles) for fans set up with his family in attendance, personal effects, and collection at EmpireConLA."

The family asks that fans consider donating to the Peter Mayhew Foundation, "devoted to the alleviation of disease, pain, suffering, and the financial toll brought on by life's traumatic events."

Rest easy, Chewie.