The dark lord himself is retiring from public appearances. After decades of convention appearances around the globe, countless autographs signed, photo’s taken and hands shook, the original Darth Vader Dave Prowse MBE is swinging his final lightsaber and riding off into the sunset.

His agents, Alliance Agents, posted this information this evening.

As posted on his official Facebook page, Sadly due to his health, Dave Prowse will be retiring at the end of the year. His family have asked that there are no further convention bookings made.

Dave will be working remaining bookings that are easy to get to and do not require an overnight stay, however there are likely to be a number of cancellations.

These are the wishes of Dave’s family, so please can people remain respectful of this and understand when these cancellations have to be made.

Dave’s health and well being must now take priority.

For the time being Dave will continue to take part in private signings at home.

Many members of Jedi News have met Dave over the years. I first interviewed him back in 2000 when I was running Lightsabre, Matt has known him for longer than that through conventions. He will be a big loss to the convention circuit, and the whole team wish him nothing but the best.