Peter Mayhew Memorial Panel, Guest Table from FAN EXPO Dallas

With the recent news of Peter Mayhew's passing, fans worldwide were left in shock and mourning for the Star Wars actor. This May the 4th weekend, Peter had been scheduled to appear at FAN EXPO Dallas as one of the celebrity guests. Show producers had to quickly decide how to handle the loss and give their attendees a way to express and share their grief.

FAN EXPO Dallas Memorializes Peter Mayhew with Panel and Guest Table
Peter Mayhew,  photo by Randy Chiu

FAN EXPO Dallas Memorializes Peter Mayhew with Panel and Guest Table

The exhibitor hall had already been largely built out, including Mayhew's guest table in autograph alley. The show's staff made the call to leave the banner in place, and have added flower arrangements, photos, and memorial books to the guest table. Those who would like are encouraged to join the line in celebrity row and may sign their condolences and favorite memories. After the event, the books will be delivered to Peter's family.

As word spread and the doors opened, a line formed up and was steady throughout Friday, and is expected to be even more busy over the weekend.

For those attendees wishing to remember Peter's live and memorialize him together, there will be a tribute panel held Saturday, at 6 p.m. in room 1A, with our friend Aaron Sagers moderating the proceedings.

Peter passed away on April 30th at his home with his family by his side. A private memorial will take place June 29, and there will be a gathering for fans at The Los Angeles Empire Con in December. Peter is survived by his wife Angie Mayhew, and three children.

About Bill Watters

Games programmer by day, geek culture and fandom writer by night. You'll find me writing most often about tv and movies with a healthy side dose of the goings-on around the convention and fandom scene.

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