Colin Cantwell, legendary Star Wars aircraft designer, has died at the age of 90
The artist’s partner, Sierra Dall, announced that he passed away in Colorado on Saturday.
San Francisco-based Cantwell was best known for building the X-wing, TIE fighter, Star Destroyer, and Death Star spacecraft for Star Wars.
He had battled tuberculosis and suffered a partial retinal detachment at a young age, the Hollywood Reporter revealed.
Cantwell said in a 2016 interview that his cure was to be taken to a dark room and revealed he had a heavy vest strapped around his chest that would keep him from seizures.
He added: “I spent almost two years of my childhood immobilized in this dark room.
“Suffice it to say, nothing could stop me after that.”
Dozens of tributes have arrived for Cantwell.
One fan said, “RIP to the great Colin Cantwell: the original starship designer, a Star Wars legend and a fine man.”
Another commented: Today we lost an absolute legend in the design world.
“Colin Cantwell was instrumental in creating the look and feel of classic Star Wars designs, and his work has served as the foundation of the Star Wars design language ever since. RIP Colin Cantwell.”
Mourners said Star Wars would not be what it is today without Cantwell’s work.
Cantwell worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at NASA during the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s.
He worked with the Space Agency where he kept legendary journalist Walter Cronkite informed during the famous 1969 space landing.
Cantwell has written two science fiction books, CoreFires 1 and CoreFires 2.
He is survived by Dall, his longtime partner of 24 years.
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