Daniel Fleetwood, first ‘Star Wars’ fan to see ‘The Force Awakens,’ passes away at 32

Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill cancer patient who was granted his dying wish to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has passed away at the age of 32.

Fleetwood suffered from spindle cell sarcoma, a rare connective tissue cancer. In July, his doctors gave him only two months to live.

The Star Wars fan’s last wish was to see the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. With the help of DisneyLucasfilms and director J.J. Abrams, who showed Fleetwood an unfinished cut of the film at his home last week, Daniel’s final wish came true.

Fleetwood had been a Star Wars devotee ever since he was a little boy and was looking forward to seeing the next chapter in the iconic series.

With Fleetwood’s condition worsening, Fleetwood’s doctors became concerned he wouldn’t live to see The Force Awakens hit theaters on December 18. From there, an inspiring social media movement took off from there beginning with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel.

His wife, Ashely Fleetwood, announced on her Facebook page this morning, “He is now one with God and with the force.”

Matt Casillas contributed to part of this article.

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