#ForceForDaniel: Terminally ill ‘Star Wars’ fan passes away days after seeing film before premier

(Photos: CNN and Ashley Fleetwood/Facebook)

(WRIC) — The terminally ill man whose dying wish was to see the new ‘Star Wars’ film has died.

Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma two years ago. On Sept. 1, after the cancer grew more aggressive, his doctor told him he had one to two months to live.

Early Tuesday morning, Daniel’s wife, Ashley Fleetwood, posted on Facebook saying that Daniel passed in his sleep.

Daniel was concerned that he wouldn’t be alive to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when the film premiers in theaters this December. But thanks to Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm, a private screening of the unedited film was held at Daniel’s home in Texas.

“Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’!!! ” Ashley Fleetwood wrote on Facebook. “We would like to thank the awesomely talented [director] JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted!”

Daniel had been a fan of “Star Wars” since he was a child and pleaded for an early screening of the franchise’s latest installment. A social media campaign, #forcefordaniel, went viral in a matter of days.

‘Star Wars’ actor Mark Hamill congratulated Fleetwood and his wife after she posted news of the screening on her Facebook page.

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