On Monday we learned that Ahsoka Star Ray Stevenson has died aged 58. Details of the alleged illness which saw him hospitalized over the weekend have not been released, but the tributes continue to pour in for an actor who was clearly loved by those he worked with.
After first joining the star wars franchise with the animated series star wars rebels (where he voiced Gar Saxon), Stevenson was tapped to play Baylan Skoll in this summer’s live-action Ahsoka. We expect his character to be an incredibly important part of the show, with theories running rampant that he could, in fact, be playing Timothy Zahn’s villainous Joruus C’baoth. heir to the empire novels.
Sharing his thoughts on the late actor, Ahsoka showrunner Dave Filoni tells StarWars.com (via SFFGazette.com), “We have lost a great talent and friend in Ray Stevenson. His kindness and generosity was felt by our entire team on Ahsoka. I always look forward to working with Ray, and appreciated his insight and his daily wisdom.”
“I’m glad his memory lives on through his family, friends and the many characters he created. Thank you Ray, for everything.”
Ahsoka Tano herself, Rosario Dawson, also weighed in with her own tribute. Taking to Instagram, where she shared a number of behind-the-scenes photos from the show, the actress called out Stevenson, “A giant man.”
“(I am) stunned and in shock at this tragic and devastating news. Gone from this world too soon”, she continued. “At a loss for words…just wanted to mark this moment and share your ever ready and present smile. I love you forever. I hold your family in my heart.”
It’s unclear what role, if any, Stevenson’s character was to play beyond Ahsokabut his lightsaber villain has already captivated star wars Fans.
Again, our thoughts are with Ray’s family and friends at this time.