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Kenny Baker, actor who played 'Star Wars' character R2-D2, died

Posted: 1:47 PM, Aug 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-13 17:51:49Z

Kenny Baker, the 3-foot-8 tall actor who donned the R2-D2 costume in "Star Wars" died at age 81 after a long illness, the Guardian reported Saturday. 

Baker appeared in the first six "Star Wars" films as the small, robotic character. Baker appeared in the credits of the 2015 edition of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as a consultant. Baker was too ill to attend the premiere of last year's Star Wars film due to illness. 

Besides his appearance in Star Wars, Baker was featured in more than a dozen other films. He appeared in films such as "Mona Lisa" and "Time Bandits." 

“It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life," Baker's niece Abigail Shield told the Guardian. "He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”