Daniel Fleetwood had his last wish granted last week when Disney gave him a screening of the unfinished rough cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The 32-year-old was suffering a rare and aggressive cancer called spindle cell sarcoma and back in July, doctors had given him just two months to live.
His wife Ashley announced Fleetwood’s death on Facebook on Tuesday.
“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,” she wrote.
A social media campaign was launched to persuade Disney to allow the saga’s biggest fan to see it. The hashtag #ForceForDaniel trended and director J.J. Abrams called Fleetwood himself to tell him the good news.
What Mamamia reported earlier…
Star Wars fans are among the most devoted and ardent and prone to dressing up in character of any in the world.
There’s one particular Star Wars fan, though, who is so devoted that his bucket list had just one item: to see the new Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens, before he dies.
Texas man Daniel Fleetwood, 32, is dying from a rare cancer called spindle cell carcinoma, and he doesn’t believe he’ll be alive by the film’s December 18 release date.
Watch NBC News’ report on Daniel Fleetwood from earlier this week… Post continues after video.
A Twitter campaign, #ForceForDaniel, saw loads of friends and supporters rally for Fleetwood to be allowed to see the movie ahead of time.
Star Wars actors Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher tweeted their support, and the final push came from the film’s director JJ Abrams.