Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill "Star Wars" fan whose final wish was to see the new film in the saga, has passed away.
The 32-year-old had been suffering from spindle cell sarcoma, a connective tissue cancer, and did not expect to live long enough to see the December release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." In response, Daniel's wife Ashley posted a request on Facebook asking for help in allowing her husband to see the film early. She included a picture of his bucket list with "Star Wars" featured prominently up top.
The hashtag #ForceForDaniel subsequently went viral, with "Star Wars" cast members Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew tweeting out support for the campaign.
On Nov. 5, director JJ Abrams made a private phone call to Daniel, telling him that he would be the first to see a rough draft of the film. Disney then sent a crew to the couple's home in Spring, Texas, to make the dream come true.
"Daniel just finished watching an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!," wrote Fleetwood's wife on Facebook. "We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted! We also would like to thank Lynne, Ben and Anahuac for coming to our home and screening the movie for Daniel. Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all."
Less than a week after his wish was granted, Ashley posted that Daniel had died.
" [He] put up an amazing fight to the very end," she wrote. "He is now one with God and with the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero."