17:58 GMT27 January 2021
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    David Prowse's agent and manager, Thomas Bowington, confirmed the sad news about the actor's passing on Sunday morning.

    English actor David Prowse, best known for playing Darth Vader in the classic Star Wars trilogy, has died at the age of 85.

    The artist passed away after a short illness, according to the Mirror.

    "May the force be with him, always! Though famous for playing many monsters - for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives,” his agent Thomas Bowington said in a statement.

    Prowse may have been the face behind Vader's infamous black mask, but the villain was voiced by American actor James Earl Jones, who received an honorary Oscar in 2012.

    In addition to acting, David Prowse was a bodybuilder and weightlifter; he was also 6 feet and six inches (198 cm) tall.

    Once the news broke, the actor's fans took to Twitter to mourn his death, calling him a "legend" and hailing him for playing what they described as "the most iconic villain in the history of cinema", Darth Vader.

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