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“Star Wars” Actor Richard LeParmentier Dead

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier has died.  The veteran performer was best known as Admiral Motti -- the guy in the 1977 original who Darth Vader telepathically chokes over his "disturbing" lack of faith in the Force.

The 66-year-old Pittsburgh native -- who also read for the role of Han Solo -- died suddenly Tuesday morning while visiting children in Austin, Texas, his spokesman told the Clarion-Ledger.

LeParmentier appeared on television in the U.K. and in dozens of films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Superman II.

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