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Kenny Baker, the man inside R2-D2, dies at 81

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In 1977 a British actor stole our hearts when he brought Star Wars' R2-D2 to life. The actor's name was Kenny Baker. Saturday Baker, who was 81, passed away after being very ill for the last few years of his life.

Baker's niece, Abigail Shield, told the Guardian his death had been expected, "but it’s sad nonetheless."

In the Star Wars universe, Baker played R2-D2 in each of the original trilogy installments: "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi." Then he returned to the silver screen for the Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005.

According to his IMDB page, Baker saw success outside of his role in a galaxy far, far away. He also played characters in "Flash Gordon," "Time Bandits," "The Elephant Man," and "Labyrinth."

Here's how some Star Wars fans are remembering Baker on social media:

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