SALFA – Star Wars actor Paul Grant has died age 56 after suddenly collapsing outside Kings Cross station.
Paul, 56 – who was 4ft 4in tall – is understood to have appeared in various films over the course of his career, including playing an Ewok in Return of the Jedi (1983).
He previously told the Mirror that he also appeared in the Star Wars film as robot R2-D2 in some scenes, saying that he stood in for co-star Kenny Baker who played the role.
Paul’s other credits are said to include working on Labyrinth (1986) and Willow (1988) as well as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001).
It was reported Paul was found by police after he collapsed outside Kings Cross station on Thursday afternoon.
He was rushed to hospital, where the actor was declared brain dead, it has been claimed.
Paul’s daughter Sophie Grant, 28, told The Sun that she’s “devastated”:
“He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone’s face. […] He loved his daughters and son and his girlfriend Maria very much.”
Paul’s girlfriend Maria Dwyer, 64, described him as the “love of [her] life” whilst speaking to the outlet. She further commented: “Life is never going to be the same without him.”
Meanwhile, Paul’s family have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise funds towards his funeral.
Although Paul appeared in major films, he told the Mirror in 2014 that work dried up later in life and it was reported that he’d struggled after the collapse of his marriage.
He said at the time: “I’ve been on cocaine and it has just got worse. I’m drinking and smoking what I can get. I’m all right but I do need help.”