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‘Star Wars’ actor Peter Mayhew unveils recent spinal surgery

Peter Mayhew, the original actor behind “Star Wars” character Chewbacca, revealed the news of his recent spinal surgery on social media Tuesday.

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Peter Mayhew, the original actor behind “Star Wars” character Chewbacca, revealed the news of his recent spinal surgery on social media Tuesday.

In a tweet, Mayhew shared a picture of herself with a medical dress and apologized for his “rest.” But he explained that it was due to his surgery, which he said was done “to improve my mobility.”

Sorry, I’ve been quiet as of late. I am planning and going through some spinal surgery to improve my mobility. It is already a success and I will be spending the next few weeks to recover. A big thank you to the doctors, the staff, my family and friends that have helped me through this. pic.twitter.com/fdfUelrsel

— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) July 24, 2018

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“I am planning and going through some spinal surgery to improve my mobility,” Mayhew tweeted. “It was a success and I will be spending the next few weeks to recover. A big thank you to the doctors, the staff, my family and friends that have helped me through this.”

Mayhew, 74, who stands more than seven feet tall, the epitome of the popular Wookiee character in multiple items in the “Star Wars” series before handing over the reins to another actor.

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In the follow-up messages of Mayhew, he said that the surgery would make him of making an appearance at the London Film And Comic Con. But he thanked the fans and encouraged them to donate to the foundation instead of gifts and flowers.

Bad news. Due to my recent surgery, I will not be able to participate in the upcoming London Film And Comic-Con, but I have planned and will be to their show in March. Sorry to miss you all, but I will as soon as my legs can peddle me to the other side of the pond. Greetings, Peter.

— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) July 24, 2018

I thank you all for the requests to send gifts and flowers. I would encourage you to donate to my foundation than send things to my room in the hospital. Not that I don’t like a couple of cookies, but the foundation can always use help doing what is right. https://t.co/HcCGdprEGE pic.twitter.com/pVzuY26sFb

— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) July 24, 2018

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