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#RogueOneWish: Terminally ill Hereford man dies - and it looks like his wish to see Star Wars early came true

Books, Film & TV Saturday, July 23rd

#RogueOneWish: Terminally ill Hereford man dies - and it looks like his wish to see Star Wars early came true

Updated Tuesday, August 23

A Hereford man whose last wish was to see the new Star Wars film early has died.

Neil Hanvey, ace illustrator and huge Star Wars fan, was told he had six to eight months to live back in April. In the past week, friends, family and complete strangers had been sharing #RogueOneWish far and wide in a bid to help Neil see Rogue One ahead general release in December. Even Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill, showed his support by sharing the story on Twitter.

It seems the hashtag worked, as over the weekend the hospice caring for Neil posted this on Facebook:

This morning it's been confirmed that 36-year-old father-of-two Neil died last night.

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Here are a couple of his Star Wars doodles. You'll find more at neilhanvey.co.uk.

Neil Vforvader

Neil troop 

As the hashtag for Neil went viral, staff at St Michael's reworked the Star Wars theme with lyrics dedicated to him; colleagues at allpay Ltd in Hereford (Herefordshire Live's parent company) posed for pics, Stormtrooper masks included, and thousands of strangers shared his story online.

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Disney and Lucasfilm famously provided an early screening of The Force Awakens for 32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood after a similar campaign last year.

This time, it was for our Neil.

Check out more of Neil's work at neilhanvey.co.uk and instagram.com/neilhanvey.

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