We rank the 50 most memorable Star Wars deaths ever

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5. Han Solo

When Did They Die: Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Who Were They: Smuggler, friend, husband, hero to the Rebellion and the Resistance. Father.

How Did They Die: At the hands of his own son, Kylo Ren (Ben Solo).

Perhaps the most gut and heartwrenching moments in Star Wars history, Han Solo’s death will be forever memorable, as he died at the hands of his own son. The big secret of The Force Awakens was not, in fact, who Rey was. No, Instead, it was a massive plot twist that revealed the new big-bad (or at least one of them), was none other than Han and Leia’s son, Ben Solo.

Han Solo, feeling a bit of guilt for not being there for his son, when he grew up, decided to confront him as the two met on a walkway above a yawning chasm below. For a brief moment, it appeared as if Han had gotten through the Dark Side corruption instilled in Kylo Ren by Snoke, but at the last moment, as Han pulled the lightsaber from his son’s hands, Kulo ignited the blade and drove it through his chest. Han fell to the chasm below.

As a member of the original trilogy, Han Solo will always be a well-beloved character among fans.

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