Kenny Baker, the original actor behind the iconic R2-D2 character in Star Wars has died at the age of 81.

Standing 3-feet 8-inches tall, the British actor is mostly unknown to casual movie fans, but hardcore Star Wars fans are very familiar with Baker’s work.

In addition to playing the droid in the first three Star Wars films in the ’70s and ’80s, Baker worked on the prequels that relaunched the franchise between 1999 to 2005.

Kenny Baker with R2-D2 in London in 2010.

Kenny Baker with R2-D2 in London in 2010.

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“He was very ill for the last few years, so we had been expecting it,” Baker’s niece, Abigail Shield, told the Guardian. “He had been looked after by one of his nephews, who found him on Saturday morning.” Read more…

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Star Wars actor behind R2-D2, Kenny Baker, dead at 81