# Posted: 15 Jun 2012 09:16 · Edited by: generalmax
Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who helped George Lucas bring Star Wars to the big screen, has died aged 82.
The conceptual designer created the look of characters including Darth Vader, Chewbacca and R2-D2 and C-3PO.
He also worked on the original Battlestar Galactica TV series and Steven Spielberg films ET and Cocoon, for which he won an Oscar.
A tribute on his website said: "We'll miss you Ralph. You will forever be the brightest star in our galaxy."
If you would like to pay your respects in writing you can visit Ralph's Facebook page or alternatively you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org