Star Wars Fan Dies 4 Days After Getting to See The Force Awakens Early: 'He Is Now One with God and with the Force'
Fleetwood’s wife Ashley confirmed the news on her Facebook page Monday night, sharing a sweet message and the last selfie she and her husband took together.
“Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force,” Ashley wrote. “He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero.”
In 2012, Fleetwood was diagnosed with spindle cell carcinoma, a type of cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs, according to the Mayo Clinic.
On Nov. 2, he found out that 90 percent of his lungs were filled with tumors, though he managed to beat an earlier prognosis that gave him just two months to live. He figured he wouldn’t be around for the Dec. 18 release of the new Star Wars film, so he started a Twitter campaign using #ForceForDaniel to see if his wish of seeing the movie before his death could come true.
“If I got to see the movie, I might actually die from happiness,” the Houston, Texas, native told PEOPLE. “Growing up, I would watch the movies over and over and analyze every little detail. I hope I get to see what happens.”
After Twitter support from countless strangers and even two of the film’s stars, Mark Hamill and John Boyega, not only did Fleetwood get a special screening of the movie in his home, but he also received a phone call from director J.J. Abrams.
“Today the wonderful Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm teams made his final dream come true, Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!” Ashley announced on Facebook on Thursday.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Fleetwood’s medical costs.