Actor David Prowse, who played the role of Darth Vader in the Star Wars original trilogy, passed away at the age of 85. The actor was suffering from age-related ailments when he breathed his last, confirmed his management agency. “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,” tweeted Bowington Management.Also Read - Ind vs Aus 4th Test: Allan Border as Star Wars Character Darth Vader Steals The Show at Gabba, Brisbane | WATCH VIDEO

The UK-born weightlifter and bodybuilder rose to fame after playing the physique of Darth Vader in the super celebrated sci-fi franchise. Before landing himself the famous role, Prowse was known for his appearances on the small screen as the first Green Cross Code Man, a role that he portrayed in an advertisement spreading awareness about road safety among children. He even received an MBE in 2000 for the ad that ran for over two decades. Also Read - Stuff of Nightmares! Researchers Discover a 14-Legged Giant Sea Cockroach in The Indian Ocean

Prowse made his movie debut in the year 1967 with a James Bond spoof Casino Royale. The entire industry mourned his death with actor Carl Weathers tweeting, “RIP David Prowse. That stature contributed so much to Darth Vader’s legend. #BePeace.” (sic) Also Read - Star Wars Actor Andrew Jack Dies of Coronavirus at 76 in Britain, Wife Says ‘He Slipped Away Peacefully’

May his soul rest in peace!