Legendary Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie passes away at 82


Ralph McQuarrie, the conceptual designer behind Star Wars characters Darth Vader, R2-D2, C-3PO and Chewbacca, died Saturday at the age of 82 in his Berkeley, Calif. home. He is survived by his wife Joan.

“There’s no doubt in our hearts that centuries from now amazing spaceships will soar, future cities will rise and someone, somewhere will say … that looks like something Ralph McQuarrie painted,” reads a statement posted on McQuarrie’s official website.