'Star Wars' make-up artist Freeborn dead

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 08, 2013 13:50 hrs

London, Feb 8 (IANS) Stuart Freeborn, the make-up artist of Hollywood film "Star Wars", passed away here Friday due to age related problems. He was 98.

Freeborn's granddaughter Michelle Freeborn said the make-up legend died of a combination of age-related ailments, reports thesun.co.uk.

After joining the "Star Wars" team, he created characters including 7ft Chewbacca and Jabba.

In a career spanning six decades, he also worked with a number of stars, including Marlene Dietrich, Vivien Leigh and Alec Guinness, and on classics like "2001: A Space Odyssey".

"His artistry and craftsmanship will live on for ever in the characters he created," said "Star Wars" director George Lucas.

Freeborn's wife Kay died last year and his sons Roger, Ray and Graham are also dead.

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