'Star Wars' Fan Dies After Being Granted Final Wish to See 'Force Awakens'
A terminally ill man who was granted his last wish of seeing the yet-to-be-released "Star Wars" blockbuster has died, his wife announced on Facebook.
Daniel Fleetwood, 32, made headlines just last week when Disney and director JJ Abrams let him watch an uncut version of the film.
“Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end,” wrote Ashley Fleetwood. “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. Please hug uncle Marc for me and give Lucy lots of kisses. Rest in peace my love.”
Fleetwood was diagnosed with terminal cancer in July, and given just a few months to live.
Realizing this could mean that he would not get to see "The Force Awakens," which comes out on December 18, Daniel and his wife made the urgent plea on social media.
Soon after, #ForceforDaniel was going viral, getting the attention of Abrams and "Star Wars" actors like Mark Hamill, John Boyega and Carrie Fisher.
I just read this and am elated for Daniel & his family! Thanks to the powers-that-be for making his dream come true. https://t.co/ImiAdyBxf8
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 5, 2015
"To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniel's final dream was just granted!!!" Ashley announced on the day of the screening.