8:02pm PT by Ryan Gajewski
'Star Wars' Actor Released From Hospital
A Star Wars star is on the road to recovery.
Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the franchise, spent several days in a hospital with pneumonia, but has been released. The news of his hospital stay was confirmed Monday on Mayhew's Twitter page.
The actor's wife, Angie Mayhew, posted a Reddit message Monday to let fans know Peter would remain in the hospital for a few days and was expected to make a full recovery. In other words, there was no reason to have a bad feeling about this.
"Thank you for all the well wishes, prayers, good vibes, and happy thoughts," Angie wrote. "Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements."
On Wednesday, Mayhew updated his fans via Twitter to say that he was out of the hospital. "Thank you all for your sympathy and well wishes!" he wrote. He added a still of Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks that read, "Weesa going home!"
Mayhew, 70 — who stands seven feet, three inches tall — underwent double knee replacement surgery in 2013. He reprises his role as the beloved Wookiee in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, invading theaters Dec. 18.
The tweets can be seen below.
Hey all, @Webmaster_Rick here. Peter is recovering well from his bout of pneumonia. He thanks you for the well wishes!!!— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) January 20, 2015
Thank you all for your sympathy and well wishes! pic.twitter.com/Q3d8X41vRp— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) January 22, 2015