Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew has passed away at the age of 74

The actor, best known for his creation of the beloved Star Wars character, died on Tuesday.

In a statement released by his family, they are encouraging those that would wish to send them gifts to instead donate to Mayhew's charity to show their condolences.

The Peter Mayhew Organization is a nonprofit organization devoted to the alleviation of disease, pain, suffering, and the financial toll brought on by life's traumatic events.