Britain Obit Freeborn

February 6, 2013 - 11:30 PM
This undated photo courtesy of Michelle Freeborn shows Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films. LucasFilm confirmed Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, that Freeborn had passed away, "leaving a legacy of unforgettable contributions." He was 98. Freeborn's granddaughter, Michelle, said he died Tuesday, Feb. 5 in London from a combination of ailments due to his age. Michelle Freeborn, who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, said her grandfather was "like a hero" to her and inspired her and her late father to get into the movie business, too. (AP Photo/Michelle Freeborn) EDITORIAL USE ONLY