05 Oct 2016 11:48 AM +00:00 UTC

Star Wars’ Darth Vader Retires From International Conventions

Darth Vader is one of the most recognizable figures in the Star Wars universe. Who could forget that all-black get-up, that mask, and that raspy voice? Kids who grew up watching the original trilogy know him very well, whether on screen or in conventions.

Sadly, David Prowse, the actor who has been manning the physical persona of the masked Darth Vader, has announced that he will be retiring from attending conventions.

Over his official Twitter, he made the announcement, and fans have already shown support.

Prowse is already 81 years old, and traveling for international conventions will obviously take its toll on his health. Fans have been understanding, stating that his health is more important than a personal meeting. Others have thanked Prowse for the times he had made them or their loved ones smile in a convention.

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Others are wishing him good health and honoring his memories, be it in photographs, autographs, or even just watching him in the movies.

In any case, Darth Vader will still have a role in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is slated to be out in theaters on Dec. 16. The movie stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker.

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