No cause of death was cited, but his publicist said his passing was completely unexpected.
Fans of ‘Star Wars’ will remember him as Admiral Motti, who insulted the Jedi religion and wound up the victim of Darth Vader’s infamous air-choke, with Vader spouting the famous line, “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” One of the most iconic scenes in the original 1977 film, which recently started a photo craze known as Vadering.
After LeParmentier’s death, his three children released a statement reading:
At age 66, Richard Le Parmentier is one with the Force. We’re deeply grateful to the many devoted fans who have posted personal remembrances of our dad as a warm, genuine person with an unparalleled joie de vivre and gift for friendship (not to mention a mean petanque player).
To his fans and friends, his lines were the ultimate power in the universe. He absolutely loved traveling the world and meeting his friends and fellow ‘Star Wars’ fans.”
RIP and may the force be ever with you!