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Kenny Baker, actor who played R2-D2 in Star Wars, dies aged 83

Baker played the robot in the original Star Wars movie in 1977 and in the five following movies.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere - London Kenny Baker attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere in London last year. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

KENNY BAKER, THE British actor who starred as the robot R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies, died today at the age of 83.

Baker, who measured one metre tall, had problems with his lungs and had been ill for some time, his niece Abigail Shield said.

“He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world,” she said.

Samuel Jackson Cinematheque Award Arrivals Source: AP/Press Association Images

We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.

Baker played the resourceful droid known for his whistles and beeps in the original Star Wars movie in 1977 and in the five following movies.

Film - Return of the Jedi - Elstree Studios Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

He also received a credit in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and attended the European premiere in London in December in a wheelchair.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere - London Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

However Anthony Daniels, who played R2-D2′s on-screen friend C3PO and with whom Baker had a frosty relationship dating back decades, said he was never actually on set.

The latest instalment of the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is due out in December.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere - London Kenny Baker, left, and George Lucas greet each other upon arrival at the European premiere of the film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens ' in London, last year. Source: Joel Ryan

Baker also starred in cult movies from the 1980s such as Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.

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