March 4, 2016


'Star Wars' R2-D2 Creator Tony Dyson Has Died: Report

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Albert L. Ortega/WireImage

Tony Dyson, the creator of the iconic R2-D2 character from Star Wars, has died at the age of 68. He was found in his home on the Maltese island of Gozo after recently appearing at a convention in Holland.

Times of Malta reported that Dyson's body was discovered after friends alerted local police that they haven't heard from him in days. According to the paper, there is currently no signs of foul play in his death.

Dyson built the R2-D2 robot for the first film in the saga, 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, and later created eight different versions of the character. He worked on '80s classics like James Bond's MoonrakerSuperman II and Dragonslayer. Dyson also designed for major companies Sony, Toshiba and Philips.

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