Veteran gets his dying 'Star Wars' wish

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the trailer for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', Photo Date: 2017 Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) - An Air Force veteran whose wish to see the new "Star Wars" movie has died, but not before seeing the movie.

The family of 69-year-old Ron Villemaire, a self-described "Star Wars" junkie from New Hampshire, says he died on Monday.

Darth Vader and Chewbacca visited Villemaire last month before firefighters transported him to a movie theater where a hospital bed was set up for him.

Medics were on hand while he and family and friends had a private showing of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

His daughter says Star Wars movie marathons were a family tradition and that the family Christmas tree was decorated with "Star Wars"-themed ornaments.

Villemaire was suffering from cancer and died at a nursing home in Bedford, New Hampshire.

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