LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Peter Mayhew, the beloved 7-foot actor who plays Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" movies, and his wife invited the late Daniel Fleetwood's widow, Ashley, to their Texas farmhouse in late December, according to the EW.com Website.
Daniel Fleetwood, a 32-year-old Stephen F. Austin State University graduate who was terminally ill with cancer, got to see an unedited version of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" five days before he died on Nov. 10 thanks to a viral social media campaign.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opened in U.S. movie theaters on Dec. 18.
"I want to thank the amazing Peter and Angie Mayhew for inviting my family to their wonderful home," Ashley Fleetwood wrote on her Facebook page. "They were so welcoming and kind. I also want to thank the 501st for being there as well. Thank you!! You made my dad's birthday."
Once Peter and Angie Mayhew heard of Daniel Fleetwood's situation, they invited him out to their farm house in Texas.
"When Daniel was sick, they actually Skyped him. It was so sweet and amazing," Ashley said in the EW.com story. "They invited us to visit, but he was unable to travel. After he passed, they extended the invitation again. So I asked if, for my dad's 60th birthday, if we could maybe visit. They said 'yes' and were so welcoming."
Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma. The longtime "Star Wars" and Nacogdoches native wanted to see "Episode VII," but he wasn't expected to live until Dec. 18, according to the EW.com story. Thanks to a social media campaign, #ForceForDaniel," his story garnered national attention, and as a result, the movie's director, J.J. Abrams, fulfilled Daniel Fleetwood's dying wish.
On the day that Fleetwood died, Ashley Fleetwood wrote on her Facebook page, "Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace."