British actor David Prowse, best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars movies, has died aged 85.

“May the force be with him, always!” said his agent Thomas Bowington.

“Though famous for playing many monsters – for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.”

Mr Bowington said the actor’s death came after a short illness, saying “a truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world”.