Two days after his death, the world continues to mourn Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood.
Fleetwood, the terminally ill 32-year-old whose last wish was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, died on Tuesday morning (Nov. 10), less than a week after he got to see the movie in a private screening at his home.
Daniel's wife Ashley wrote on Facebook: “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. Please hug uncle Marc for me and give Lucy lots of kisses. Rest in peace my love. This was the last selfie we ever took together. #forcefordaniel” (see photo above)
Sadly, Daniel's passing did not erase the burden of medical bills that piled up as a result of his care and treatment, but a GoFundMe campaign set up by Ashley to help with those costs has seen a heartening response: At press time, more than $60,000 had been pledged to help pay off a staggering total of $100,000.
It was Ashley who launched a social media campaign asking Disney and Lucasfilm to allow her husband, a Star Wars fan since the age of 8, to see the movie. Daniel, who suffered from a rare form of cancer called spindle cell sarcoma, was given two months to live back in July and didn't expect to make it to the movie's Dec. 18 release date.
The campaign took off on Twitter and Facebook, with The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill all tweeting their support. Director J.J. Abrams called the Fleetwoods last week and told them that a team was being dispatched to their home bearing an unfinished cut of the film for Daniel to see, which he viewed last Thursday (Nov. 5).
As news spread of Daniel's death earlier this week, John Boyega tweeted a tribute:
#ForceForDaniel glad you got to see the movie more importantly that you slept in peace. God bless you man x x you inspire me xx— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) November 10, 2015
And here's another tribute we found especially moving:
There was also this:
And finally, TMZ (not our favorite source, but we'll cut them some slack this time) reports that Daniel's brother-in-law, an engineer, has designed an urn to hold Daniel's ashes that is an exact replica of Darth Vader's lightsaber. He's still working on it, but Ashley expects it to be ready by Nov. 21, when a celebration of Daniel's life will be held in Nacogdoches, Texas.
I'm sure I speak for all of us at Blastr, and fans everywhere, when I say that while Daniel's passing leaves us with heavy hearts, we are confident that the Force will be with him, always.
(via The Wrap)