In incredibly heartwarming and heartbreaking news, the terminally ill Star Wars fan who had an entire social campaign going to convince J.J. Abrams to let him see The Force Awakens before he died, has died.
But not before Abrams showed him an unfinished cut last week.
Daniel Fleetwood, 32, was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare connective tissue cancer, in July and given two months to live. A huge Star Wars fan, it was one of Fleetwood’s last wishes to see the new film.
His wife, Ashley, posted the news to Facebook earlier today that he had passed, writing: “Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero.”
His family and friends started the incredible #ForceforDaniel campaign via social, and throngs of people joined in tweeting support, including Star Wars stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), John Boyega (Finn), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca).
According to The Wrap, Abrams called him personally and showed Fleetwood the screener at his home last week.
RIP Daniel, and may the Force be with you.