Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill “Star Wars” fan who was allowed to screen “The Force Awakens” as his dying wish, has passed away at the age of 32. Fleetwood suffered from a rare tissue cancer called spindle cells sarcoma.
His wife Ashley broke the news on Facebook, writing, “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.”
The hashtag “Force for Daniel” was started to try to get enough attention online for Fleetwood to see Episode VII early, as he was told in July that he had roughly two months to live. The hashtag grew in momentum, aided by stars Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and John Boyega, and finally got Disney’s attention. Last Thursday (Nov. 5), Fleetwood got his wish and saw an unedited version of Episode VII.
UPDATE: Boyega has taken to Twitter to offer his condolences for Fleetwood’s passing, writing, “#ForceForDaniel glad you got to see the movie more importantly that you slept in peace. God bless you man x x you inspire me xx”