Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill "Star Wars" fan who last week was granted his dying wish to watch "The Force Awakens," has passed away from spindle cell sarcoma. He was 32 years old.
"Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the Force," his wife Ashley Fleetwood wrote this morning on Facebook. "He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero." The post is accompanied by "the last selfie we ever took together."
Ashley launched the social media campaign "Force For Daniel" in hopes of convincing Disney and Lucasfilm to screen "The Force Awakens" for her husband, whose doctors in July had given him two months to live. The effort received support from "Star Wars" actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.
Director J.J. Abrams called the Fleetwoods on Nov. 4, and they were able to screen an unfinished cut of the film the next day. "Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true," Ashley wrote on Nov. 5, "in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true!"