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Peter Mayhew, the actor who plays the lovable Wookiee, Chewbacca in Star Wars, has proven that his heart is just as giant as his famous character.

Through a relative, Mayhew heard the story about a young Star Wars fan named Liam who was devastated over the tragic passing of his 7-year-old best friend, Sam.

The actor learned that young Liam had been excited to see The Force Awakens with his friend this Christmas but was now heartbroken over the fact that they would no longer be able to share that special moment together.

Mayhew was so moved by the story that he sent Liam a letter of comfort, which was then posted by Sam’s father on Reddit.

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And if that didn’t make you cry, Sam’s sister then followed it up with an emotional post about her late little brother, his special friendship with Liam and their appreciation of Mayhew’s kindness.

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When asked about the letter, Mayhew said, “Liam’s grandmother is a friend of my wife’s sister. My wife’s sister reached out to me with his story. I hope my words were of some comfort to him.”

In honour of Sam’s memory, Liam’s strength and Mayhew’s kindness, we give this special salute.

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