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Poor Health Forces Darth Vader Star Dave Prowse to Retire
Sep 8, 2017 by: WENN
Dave Prowse, the actor behind Darth Vader, has been forced to retire from public appearances due to poor health.
The British actor will no longer attend Star Wars fan conventions from the beginning of next year.
A statement posted on the 72-year-old's Twitter account on Thursday reads: "Beginning in January 2018, Dave will no longer be doing any personal appearances or conventions due to health problems."
Earlier this week, Prowse, who donned the imposing Darth Vader mask and cape for the original Star Wars trilogy, announced his "final on screen appearance" in singer Jayce Lewis' new video.
Prowse also made appearances in British TV shows Doctor Who, The Two Ronnies, and The Morecambe & Wise Show.
He was reportedly diagnosed with dementia in 2014.
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