So sad — a true legend in his own right has passed.
Kenny Baker shot to fame in 1977 when he played R2-D2 in the first Star Wars film, and he went on to play the character in a total of five more films in the series between then and 2005.
Now, news has come down that he has sadly passed away.
The 3' 8" actor — who also appeared in many much-loved films of the 1980s like The Elephant Man, Flash Gordon, and Time Bandits — was 81 years old.
According to his niece Abigail Shield, the passing was not particularly unexpected, as she told The Guardian: