Ralph McQuarrie, the Man Behind the Look of 'Star Wars,' Dies at 82
Ralph McQuarrie, the man whose designs helped shaped the look of the original "Star Wars" triology, died Saturday, according to multiple reports. He was 82.
His designs were the basis of characters, including C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader.
His Darth Vader concept, though slightly different from the final deisign, made a comeback a few years ago with the launch of a limited edition helmet made by toy company eFx Collectibles.
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of such a visionary artist and such a humble man," director George Lucas said in a statement. "Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars.
"His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy. When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say, 'Do it like this.'," he said.
McQuarrie died due to complications with Parkinson's disease, according to The New York Times.