A famous Preston resident has passed away aged 81.Advertisement
Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in Star Wars, has died after a long illness.
Baker, who was 3’8″, appeared in the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – as well as the 1999 to 2005 Star Wars films.
He lived in Ashton-on-Ribble for decades and was regularly spotted around the city.
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Baker also appeared in a number of other much-loved films in the 1980s, including The Goodies, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.
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His niece Abigail Shield said: “He had problems with his lungs and was often in a wheelchair. He was very poorly for a long time.”
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