Only last week did we report on Daniel Fleetwood, a longtime Star Wars super fan who found out only last July that he was terminally ill with cancer.
The young man from Texas, who has been a hardcore fan of the series since he was just 8 years old, was diagnosed with a rare connective tissue cancer, alternatively known as Spindle Cell Sarcoma. He was devastatingly given only two short months to live.
Yet, testament to his strength to remain with his loving family and to fight the terrible disease at least until the release of Star War: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, he outlived his initial prognosis and battled on for another two months.
In this time, as he fought for his life, a number of news outlets circulated Daniel's story and his dreams of seeing the recent Star Wars movie sent ripples throughout the world. A race against the clock ensued, picking up the attention of Lucasfilm and the entire cast of the franchise in the process.
As Daniel's condition worsened and it became increasingly likely that he would not live to see The Force Awakens, franchise stars from Mark Hamill, to John Boyega and Carrie Fisher to Daisy Ridley, rallied behind the deteriorating young man in a heartwarming display of love and support.
And by evoking the power of the #ForceForDaniel hashtag, they managed to secure him a private viewing of the latest installment of the galaxy adventure, weeks ahead of the December 18 release date.
Daniel's wish is granted!
Five days ago, director J.J. Abrams called him personally to deliver the good news and Daniel's wish came true -- his wife Ashley posted the following on her Facebook:
Daniel got his wish to see the unedited version of The Force Awakens before everyone else and we sure hope he loved every single minute of it.
"Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end"
Today, with much sadness, we relay the news that the 32-year-old passed away just days after seeing the The Force Awakens. The young man's battle with cancer came to an end — he put up an amazing fight until the very end, until the crippling disease overcame him.
Early this morning, his loving wife posted the following message on Facebook:
We would like to extend all our deepest sympathies to the family at this difficult time.
R.I.P. Daniel — may the Force be with you, always!