Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew passes away at 74

The actor played the legendary character in five films in the "Star Wars" saga.
1:31 | 05/03/19

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Reporter: The hero with the famous roar. Only his faithful companion Han solo could understand. You said it, chewy. Reporter: Seen here in "Star wars," "A new hope." But chewbacca became a beloved fan favorite. Will somebody get this big walking carpet out of my way. Reporter: Peter Mayhew passed away of a heart attack surrounded by family at his Texas home. He towered 7'4". He was working as an orderly in a London hospital when he was discovered. George Lucas saying tonight he was the closest any human being could be to a wookie. Big heart, gentle nature, and I learned to always let him win. Reporter: Harrison Ford adding we were partners in partners in film and life for over 40 years, and I loved him. Laugh it up, fuzz ball. Reporter: Despite declining health and double knee replacement surgery. Betting back to the old days. Reporter: Mayhew returned to the role he made famous in 2015's ""The force awakens."" Chewy. We're home. Reporter: Until the end, he was a constant fixture at conventions, greeting fans with his famous roar, now remembered throughout the galaxy. Mayhew was 74. For "Nightline," I'm Clayton Sandell.

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