Richard LeParmentier Passes Away
He made a name for himself in the iconic 1977 film “Star Wars,” and sadly Richard LeParmentier has died.
The 66-year-old actor passed away in Austin, Texas yesterday (April 16) and according to his publicist it was quite unexpected.
Richard was best known for his character Admiral Motti, who fell victim to Darth Vader’s fatal chokehold in the original George Lucas flick.
LeParmentier’s legendary scene began with him telling Vader he disapproved of his “sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion,” to which Darth replied, “I find your lack of faith disturbing,” before killing him.
His family released a statement- "At age 66, Richard Le Parmentier is one with the Force. We're deeply grateful to the many devoted fans who have posted personal remembrances of our dad as a warm, genuine person with an unparalleled joie de vivre and gift for friendship (not to mention a mean petanque player)."