A terminally ill Star Wars fan has passed away, just days after being granted his final wish – to see the new film in the popular franchise before it opened in cinemas.
Texan Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with an agressive form of cancer and doctors gave him just months to live.
He was desperate to see the latest installment of the Star Wars series, but knew it was unlikely he’d make it through to the 18 December release date.
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And so began the social media campaign #ForceForDaniel.
The campaign was supported by stars such as Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the film, and eventually won Mr Fleetwood his dying wish.
On 5 November, the 32-year-old lifelong fan was shown an unfinished version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
On Tuesday, Mr Fleetwood’s wife Ashley posted a status on Facebook, informing everyone that he had passed away.
“Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end,” the status read.
“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.”
Just a few hours earlier she had written about her hatred for the disease that was killing her husband.
She wrote: “Hearing your loved one writhing in pain, asking for God to just kill him and take him to heaven, trying four heavy duty sedation shots and he is still moaning and writhing in anxiety and pain.
“My mental anguish can’t compare to the pain and anxiety Daniel must be in right now. Prayers please. We need it bad.”