Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier has died at the age of 66.
The man who portrayed Admiral Motti in George Lucas’ iconic film was visiting his children in Austin, Texas on Tuesday (April 18) when he passed away unexpectedly.
According to a statement released by his family, LeParmentier loved being associated with the Star Wars universe. Although he appeared in a handful of other movies, it was the actor’s turn as Admiral Motti that made him famous.
LeParmentier’s family said in a statement:
“He absolutely loved traveling the world and meeting his friends and fellow Stars Wars fans, whose tributes have given us all the best lines in this message. He was no respecter of convention, except comic conventions. Every time we find someone’s lack of faith disturbing, we’ll think of him.”
In addition to his work in front of the camera, Richard LeParmentier also wrote for a handful of television programs. He penned episodes of The Bretts, The Bill, Boon, and Love Hurts during the late 80s and early 90s. He also wrote Castle Ghosts of England for the Discovery Channel.
The man who squared off against Darth Vader is one of many Star Wars-related deaths that have occurred in 2013. British makeup artist Stuart Freeborn passed away at the age of 96 on February 13 of this year.
Carmine Infantino, who provided artwork for several Star Wars comic books published by Marvel, died on April 4. He was 87-years-old.
Several fans of Richard LeParmentier recently paid their respects to the actor on Twitter.
I hung out with Richard LeParmentier at some convention about 10 years ago, and he was a hoot. May he rest in peace.
— Axelle Carolyn (@AxelleCarolyn) April 16, 2013
RIP Richard LeParmentier. The world will tie their ties a little tighter tomorrow.
— Inebriated Optimist (@JDoggDiggyZ) April 18, 2013
We are saddened by the loss of Richard LeParmentier. Admiral Motti unforgettably showed us the power of the dark side twitter.com/starwars/statu…
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 16, 2013
Richard LeParmentier’s cause of death is currently unknown as of this writing.