Terminally Ill Man Who Saw ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Early Has Died

10 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

John Boyega pays tribute to terminally ill Star Wars fan who died after seeing The Force Awakens.

His wife Ashley began a social media campaign after it became clear that Fleetwood would not live to see Episode VII of the franchise when it is released this Christmas.The terminally ill Texas man and “Star Wars” fan who was granted his dying wish to see the new “The Force Awakens” film before it comes out in theatres has died, just a few days after viewing the movie, the man’s wife said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill and John Boyega, who plays ex-Stormtrooper Finn in the new film both expressed their support on the social media platform.

When he was 21, a local newspaper ran a story about how he camped outside a cinema for days in order to be the first person to get a ticket to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Fleetwood and his wife, who reside in suburban Houston, had been documenting his health on social media, and in September he posted an update saying he had been given one or two months to live, due to how fast the cancer had spread. Disney said last Thursday that the screening for Fleetwood had taken place and that “all involved were happy to be able to make it happen.” The company did not say where the screening took place, but given Fleetwood’s poor health, it is likely to have been at his home. Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true!” A crowdfunding page to help cover the cost of Fleetwood’s medical treatment has raised $47,541 – many of the donations have been made since the his death was earlier today. However, the campaign, which uses the hashtag #SithticFibrosis, has been criticised by some Reddit users – who also believe that Disney should not have allowed the first screening to take place.

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