Mark Hamill, Daniel Logan and Carl Weathers lead tributes to David Prowse

Tributes have flooded in for Star Wars actor David Prowse, following news of his death.

The movie star, who was best known for playing Darth Vader in the much-loved film franchise, died aged 85 after battling a short illness.

His management confirmed his death in a statement that read: ‘It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85.’

Prowse’s agent called him a ‘hero’, adding: ‘May the force be with him, always.’

After news of his death surfaced, celebrities have been remembering Prowse on social media, with Star Wars actor Mark Hamill – famed for playing Luke Skywalker – remembering Prowse as ‘so much more than Darth Vader’.

Hamill tweeted: ‘So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.

He was also known for being the first Green Cross Code Man and previously described it as the ‘best job I ever had’, after receiving an MBE for the role – that explained road safety – in 2000.

The late star is survived by his wife, Norma E. Scammell, and three children.

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