The “Star Wars” movie community lost a family member this week.
Actor Richard LeParmentier, famous for playing the character of Admiral Motti in the original 1977’s “Star Wars” film died Tuesday morning while visiting family in Texas. Derek Maki, LeParmentier’s publicist, told the Associated Press that his passing was unexpected and devastating to his family.
“At age 66, Richard Le Parmentier is one with the Force. We’re deeply grateful to the many devoted fans who have posted personal remembrances of our dad as a warm, genuine person with an unparalleled joie de vivre and gift for friendship (not to mention a mean petanque player). To his fans and friends,” the family statement continued, “his lines were the ultimate power in the universe. He absolutely loved travelling the world and meeting his friends and fellow Star Wars fan[s],” said his children – Rhiannon, Stephanie and Tyrone LeParmentier – via an official statement.
The family added, “He usually lived in Bath, England, but was visiting us in Austin, Texas. We feel very lucky to have been able to spend time with him on a regular basis. He was no respecter of convention, except comic conventions.”
LeParmentier appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows throughout his career.
At press time, his cause of death had not yet been determined.