Terminally ill Star Wars fan dies nine days after seeing film

Ashley Fleetwood posted this image on Twitter, saying it was the last selfie she took with partner Daniel Fleetwood. Picture: Twitter

Ashley Fleetwood posted this image on Twitter, saying it was the last selfie she took with partner Daniel Fleetwood. Picture: Twitter

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A TERMINALLY ill “Star Wars” fan who requested an advance screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has died less than a week after watching the movie.

Director JJ Abrams allowed Fleetwood, from Texas, to see the movie ahead of its December release after a social media campaign. The 32-year-old was diagnosed with spindle cell carcinoma and told he had just months to live.

His wife, Ashley, confirmed his death in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning, writing: “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. #forcefordaniel”

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