Just days after Fleetwood, a huge "Star Wars fan," got to see "The Force Awakens" in a special early screening, he passed away. His wife, Ashley, posted the sad news on Facebook:
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. This was the last selfie we ever took together. #forcefordaniel
Fleetwood was diganosed with spindle cell sarcoma and was not expected to survive until the December 18th opening of "The Force Awakens." Friends and family members began an online campaign —#forcefordaniel — which became viral and received the notice of Disney and Lucasfilm. Director J.J. Abrams personally called Fleetwood to let him know he'd be able to see an unedited version of the film in his home.
"[I]n the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true!" Ashley wrote on Facebook of the visit.
Our condolences to Daniel's loved ones.
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