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Star Wars Ewok actor Paul Grant dies aged 56

Star Wars Ewok actor Paul Grant dies aged 56

Grant passed away after being declared brain dead

Star Wars actor Paul Grant has passed away at the age of 56 after he collapsed in London.

Grant, who played an Ewok in the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi alongside actors Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, was found by police after he fell to the ground outside a train station in London.

The London Ambulance Service were called to the scene shortly after 2pm on 16 March to reports of an incident at St Pancras Station on Euston Road.

Grant also appeared in films with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer.
Facebook/Paul King Grant

"We sent an ambulance crew and a medic in a response car," a spokesperson for the Ambulance Service said. "We treated a man at the scene and took him to hospital as a priority.”

Once he arrived at hospital, Grant was declared brain dead and was put on life support.

On Sunday (19 March), the actor's family confirmed he had passed away after his life support machine was switched off.

Grant's daughter, 28-year-old Sophie Jayne Grant, from Peterborough, said: “I’m devastated."

“My dad was a legend in so many ways," she continued. "He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone's face. He would do anything for anyone and was a massive Arsenal fan."

Sophie described her dad as a father and grandad as well as an actor, saying: “He loved his daughters and son and his girlfriend Maria very much."

"My dad I love you so much sleep tight," she added.

Grant's family shared their love for the actor after his death.
Facebook/Paul King Grant

Maria Dwyer, Grant's girlfriend, said the actor was the 'love of [her] life'.

She continued: "[Paul was] the funniest man I know. He made my life complete. Life is never going to be the same without him.”

As well as appearing as a loveable Ewok in Star Wars, Grant earned credits in the 1998 movie Willow, with Val Kilmer, as well as Tom Cruise's 1985 flick Legend.

In 1986 he appeared in Labyrinth, starring David Bowie, and he also appeared in the Harry Potter film series.

Featured Image Credit: LucasFilm Facebook/Paul King Grant

Topics: Star Wars, TV and Film