Peter Mayhew, the actor who plays Chewbacca in Star Wars, sent a heart-warming condolence letter to a young fan after his seven-year-old friend passed away. Liam, the recipient of the letter, had planned to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with his friend Sam. Sam recently passed away, and his father posted the letter on Imgur and Reddit.
I am sorry to hear that you won’t be able to see the new Star Wars movie with your friend Sam. I know that sometimes things happen and we can’t figure out why and all we feel is sadness. It’s important to remember the fun you had with Sam. Best friends are never really gone, they live on forever in our hearts and memories. I know that you are going to love Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I bet you make some new friends that also love Star Wars. I wish you the very best, and May The Force Be With You!
Cheers, Peter ‘Chewbacca’ Mayhew
Sam's sister elaborated on the story and how much it truly meant to her family:
About three weeks ago, my brother passed away in a tragic accident. I'm going to spare the details, since it's all still so fresh and heavy in our hearts.
Sam was seven, and while he may have only been here for a short time in retrospect, he lived more than most adults I know. And boy, did he love Star Wars. The force was definitely strong with this one. One of his very good friends, Liam, promised to go see the new Star Wars movie with Sam on Christmas... And word of Sam's passing got back to Peter Mayhew. This was the response.
It's amazing to see the support we have been given through this time. I know Sam would have loved to know that Chewy knows who he is.
The force is certainly strong with Sam. Sometimes Wookies pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose games. Other times, they write perfect letters and warm everyone's hearts. May the force be with Liam, Sam and his family.