The passing of The Mandalorian's Carl Weathers has shocked the Star Wars community. The beloved actor died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 76. Lucasfilm creatives and Weather's co-stars have poured out their grief over this loss.
Creator and showrunner Jon Favreau issued a statement via StarWars.com, saying about Weathers, "I am heartbroken by this devastating loss. He was a hero from my childhood who I was lucky enough to meet and then had the amazing good fortune to work with. He had the energy and curiosity of a young man paired with the wisdom that his rich life and career afforded him. My heart goes out to his family and countless admirers."
Pedro Pascal, who plays the titular character in The Mandalorian, posted a simple message on his Instagram. With a photo of Weathers, he said, "Words fail."
Katy O'Brian, who plays the villainous Elia Kane in the second and third season of The Mandalorian, shared on her Twitter, "Nothing could have prepared me for this one. Carl was a champion, not only in has craft, but a champion of others. Kind, welcoming, funny, brilliant, earnest, and damn gorgeous inside and out. Honored to have known him in this life. #BePeace"
Ahmed Best reprised his role of Jedi Master Kelleran Beq in The Mandalorian Season 3 episode "The Foundling," which Weathers directed. He shared on his Instagram, "I’m struggling with this one today. This is hard. Carl has always been a hero of mine since I was a child. I never thought I would ever be
directed by him let alone have the honor to call him a friend. As an artist, he was so generous with his wisdom and respect for the art of acting. He gave me golden nuggets that I will treasure and use for the rest of my life. As a director, he was the one who gave me the space, grace, time, and guidance to come to life. He saw how nervous I was to be back in Star Wars and gave me the strength and confidence to perform. Every conversation and text message after was bathed in love, mentorship, and support. Love you, my brother. I will miss you. We will miss you. Rest in Power.
Robert Rodriguez, who directed Chapter 14 of The Mandalorian and was the showrunner of The Book of Boba Fett, shared on his Twitter, "Will miss the great Carl Weathers who I was very fortunate to work with on several occasions. A very kind and generous person. His performances were always electrifying and he was also a terrific director of both stage and screen."
These are just a few of the outpouring of love for the late actor. Carl Weather will be greatly missed in Star Wars as The Mandalorian continues into its next season and the upcoming movie.