Tony Dyson, the inventor of “Star Wars” icon, R2-D2, has died at 68, according to BBC News.
Dyson died of natural causes and was found in him home in Gozo, Malta.
The British born Dyson was responsible for building the original R2-D2 droid for the 1977 original, “Star Wars: A New Hope” and went on to build eight R2-D2 droids over the course of the film series.
Dyson worked closely with famed conceptual designer, Ralph McQuarrie, to build the droid.
Dyson built the original R2-D2 in his own UK studio, “The White Horse Toy Company.”
Dyson continued working in film effects following the original Star Wars movie. He worked on the 1979 Bond movie “Moonraker,” and received an Emmy nomination in 1985 for a robot he built for a Sony commercial.
After moving to the Mediterranean island of Gozo, he remained an active part of “Star Wars” fandom, appearing at conventions worldwide.