Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill young man whose dying wish was to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” has died at age 32, according to multiple media reports.
Fleetwood of Spring, Texas, suffered from spindle cell sarcoma, a rare connective tissue cancer, and in July, his doctors gave him only two months to live.
The “Star Wars” fan’s last wish was to see “The Force Awakens,” and it was granted by Disney, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams, who recently showed Fleetwood an unfinished cut of the film at his home. Abrams also called Fleetwood to deliver the good news, which his family said meant a lot to him.
“To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniels final dream was just granted!!!” Fleetwood’s wife, Ashley, wrote Thursday on Facebook. “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! Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all,” she wrote.
Fleetwood had been a “Star Wars” devotee since he was a little boy, and was very much looking forward to seeing the next chapter in the iconic sci-fi series. With his condition worsening, doctors grew concerned he wouldn’t live to see “The Force Awakens” hit theaters on Dec. 18, and an inspiring social media movement took off from there.
Among those who urged Disney to grant Fleetwood his wish were “Star Wars” actors Mark Hamill, John Boyega and Carrie Fisher, who all retweeted it with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel. Daisy Ridley also lent her support on Instagram.