Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew has reached out to fans from his sick bed to thank them for their well wishes after he was hospitalised with a nasty bout of pneumonia.

The 70 year old, who plays wookie Chewbacca in the franchise, fell ill last week (ends18jan15) and cancelled an appearance at a comic book store in Texas so he could receive treatment for the potentially deadly lung condition.

Since the news broke, fans have inundated the actor's social media accounts with messages of support, and he has now thanked them through a note posted on his Twitter.com page.

It reads, "Hey all, Webmaster Rick here. Peter is recovering well from his bout of pneumonia. He thanks you for the well wishes!!!"

Mayhew will reprise his role as Chewbacca in the next Star Wars movie Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

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