Ill ‘Star Wars’ fan who saw movie early dies

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A "Star Wars" fan who died of cancer got his last wish

He saw an unedited version of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" after an online campaign

His wife said he passed away peacefully in his sleep

CNN  — 

Daniel Fleetwood, a “Star Wars” fan whose dying wish was to see the upcoming movie, died this week.

“He is now one with God and with the Force,” his wife, Ashley Fleetwood, wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday. He died in his sleep and in peace, she posted.

Daniel Fleetwood, a 32-year-old “Star Wars” aficionado who is terminally ill with cancer, got the chance to see an unedited version of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Thursday, a Disney spokesperson confirmed to CNN Money’s Frank Pallotta.

All involved were happy to make it happen, the spokesperson said.

It was the result of an online campaign, #ForceForDaniel, which received support from “Star Wars” actors Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and newcomer John Boyega in recent days.

Fleetwood has spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of connective tissue cancer, and was told in July he had two months to live, according to CNN affiliate KPRC.

A “Star Wars” fan from childhood, he wanted to see the new film before he died.

The movie will be released to the public on December 18.

Hamill congratulated Fleetwood and his wife after she posted news of the screening on her Facebook page.

CNN Money’s Frank Pallotta contributed to this report.