By Mark O’Neill
Kenny Baker, who is famous for playing R2-D2 in Star Wars, is recovering in hospital in the UK. The BBC reported that he was admitted after having a severe asthma attack but now media reports are saying he was struck down with a “mystery illness”.
The 73 year old British actor was returning to the UK from a convention in the United States when he became ill on the plane. When the flight landed, he was rushed to hospital.
I was privileged to meet Kenny in 2005 when he came to the local cinema here in Germany to promote “Star Wars : Attack of the Clones”. I live in a kind of “out of the way” place, so the local cinema is not accustomed to VIP’s turning up. So Kenny’s arrival was a BIG event. Everybody dressed up in Star Wars outfits and gave him a huge standing ovation, waving their lightsabers at him. Even though he is a big convention pro, I think he was completely overwhelmed.
Get well soon Kenny.