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Daniel Fleetwood, 'Star Wars' Fan With Terminal Cancer, Dies Days After Seeing 'The Force Awakens' Before Its Release Date

10/11/2015 14:17 GMT | Updated 10/11/2015 14:59 GMT

Daniel Fleetwood, the man with terminal cancer, made headlines when he was granted his dying wish to watch 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' before its release date.

On Tuesday, his wife announced that he had sadly passed away in a touching Facebook post that made reference to his love of the Star Wars films.

"Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. 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. Please hug uncle Marc for me and give Lucy lots of kisses. Rest in peace my love. This was the last selfie we ever took together. ‪#‎forcefordaniel‬"

Fleetwood, who had a rare form of connective tissue cancer called spindle cell sarcoma, was given two months to live in July.

But the 32-year-old had been "holding on" to see 'The Force Awakens'.

After Daniel's wife Ashley asked members of the public to tweet #ForceForDaniel to raise awareness for her husband's situation, the Star Wars fan was granted permission to watch the film last week.

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Writing on Facebook, Ashley said: "To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniels final dream was just granted!

"Today the wonderful Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm teams made his final dream come true, Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens!'

"We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted! Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen! May the force be with you all."

Daniel has loved Star Wars ever since he was a child, and made local headlines when he was 21 years old after he camped out for 'Revenge Of The Sith' tickets. He has also written fan fiction in the past.

The #ForceForDaniel campaign received support from Star Wars actors Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and John Boyega, as well as Warwick Davis and Gwendoline Christie.

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