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Star Wars legend Kenny Baker laid to rest

Star Wars legend Kenny Baker laid to rest

Kenny Baker was laid to rest today (24.08.16).

The 'Star Wars' legend, who voiced droid R2-D2 in six of sci-fi films, passed away aged 81 earlier this month and his life was celebrated with a service at Lytham Park Crematorium, Lancashire, north west England.

Stars including Darth Vader actor David Prowse, comedian Bernie Clifton and model Linda Lusardi were all in attendance to pay their respects to the late actor.

According to the Lancashire Evening Post newspaper, George Lucas and Disney sent flowers for the service complete with the message: "You brought so much joy to the Star Wars family."

Several actors from the popular movie series have paid tribute to Kenny since his passing, including Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the franchise.

He tweeted: "Goodbye #KennyBaker A lifelong loyal friend-I loved his optimism & determination He WAS the droid I was looking for!"

Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew paid tribute to the late star with a post on his website.

He wrote: "I know I'm a bit late with this, but my sadness is profound and no words seemed adequate to convey what we collectively and I personally have lost with the passing of my dear friend Kenny Baker."

Linda Lusardi wrote: "So sad Kenny Baker died last night. He was R2D2 I was lucky enough to work with him for many years RIP lovely man."

Director Kevin Smith tweeted: "Rest in Peace @starwars legend #KennyBaker - whose name I learned at age 7 because he brought #R2D2 to life. Feels like losing family..."

Kenny was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease nine years ago.

He was found dead at his home in Preston, north west England by his nephew and carer Drew Myserscough.