Updated November 10, 2015 at 12:15 PM, ET: Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan who received a private screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens from director J.J. Abrams, has passed away.
"Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end," said Ashley Fleetwood, Daniel's wife, on Facebook Wednesday morning. "He is now one with God and with the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero. Please hug uncle Marc for me and give Lucy lots of kisses. Rest in peace my love. This was the last selfie we ever took together. ?#forcefordaniel?"
Fleetwood's story is similar to that of Star Trek fan Daniel Craft, who was granted an advance screening of Star Trek Into Darkness months ahead of the film's release, only to pass away days later.
Original Story: Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan suffering from a rare form of cancer, was granted a private screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by director J.J. Abrams.
In recent weeks, the hashtag #ForceForDaniel starting circulating on social media to raise awareness of Daniel's plight when his prognosis became such that he would not survive until the film's official opening. Even stars of The Force Awakens such as Mark Hamill and John Boyega shared the hashtag, as well as Daniel's story.
Daniel's wish finally came true this week when director J.J. Abrams authorized a private screening of an unfinished cut of the film. According to a Facebook post from his partner Ashley Fleetwood, Daniel received a call from Abrams notifying him that he would receive the screening, which Disney and Lucasfilm then facilitated.
"To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniels final dream was just granted!!!" read the post. "Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilm made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true! Daniel just finished watching an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented J.J. Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Danjel was getting his wish granted! We also would like to thank Lynne, Ben and Anahuac for coming to our home and screening the movie for Daniel. Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all #forcefordaniel!!!!"
Abrams granted a similar wish for a terminally ill Star Trek fan months ahead of the release of Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. The 2009 film Fanboys featured a plot where several friends try to steal a copy of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace ahead of its release for a terminally ill friend.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18.