Terminally Sick Man Who Was First to See ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Has Died
Disney and director J.J. Abrams screened the unfinished cut of the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to a terminally ill cancer patient, Daniel Fleetwood, last week. According to reports on Tuesday, Fleetwood died at the age of 32.
Fleetwood suffered from spindle cell sarcoma, a rare type of cancer, and his doctors gave him two months to live.
On Tuesday, his wife, Ashley, confirmed he died via her Facebook page.
She wrote: “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”
His last wish was to see “The Force Awakens,” and it was granted to him by Disney and Abrams.
“To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniels final dream was just granted!!!” Ashley wrote last week on Facebook. “Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true! Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all,” she added.
He had been a fan of “Star Wars” since he was a small child, and he was looking forward the to the next chapter in the series.
— Ashley Fleetwood (@pandorashley) October 29, 2015
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original films, was happy Fleetwood got to see the film.
Fleetwood had been documenting his health on Facebook.
“If I got to see the movie, I might actually die from happiness,” Fleetwood told People magazine. “Growing up, I would watch the movies over and over and analyse every little detail. I hope I get to see what happens.”
I just read this and am elated for Daniel & his family! Thanks to the powers-that-be for making his dream come true. https://t.co/ImiAdyBxf8
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 5, 2015