DARTH Vader actor Dave Prowse has died aged 85 after a short illness, his agent confirmed this morning.
The Star Wars actor, from Bristol, wore the iconic black suit in the original trilogy.
He was reportedly nicknamed "Darth Farmer" by his co-star Carrie Fisher due to his strong West Country accent.
Bowington Management said today: "It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85."
His agent Thomas Bowington added: "May the force be with him, always!
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"Though famous for playing many monsters - for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives."
Dave, who was also a weightlifter, wore the famous suit after landing the prestigious role due to his imposing physique.
Although he wore the black armour, Darth Vader's voice was provided by US actor James Earl Jones.