The Darth Vader actor is said to have died on Saturday at the age of 85.
Her daughter Rachel Prowse confirmed today that her father died of Covid-19 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
After contracting coronavirus, Mr Prowse spent two weeks in hospital before his death.
Following the sad news, actor’s daughter Rachel told reporters that due to the virus the family had not been able to see him in his final days and his funeral would be just a small gathering.
Due to government restrictions on who can attend the funeral, Mr Prowse’s family have said they will only be able to hold a small service.
Rachel said: “He died of coronavirus. It’s horrible not seeing him on the ward and saying goodbye to him, it makes things even more difficult.
“We would have had a big party in her life, but now [due to coronavirus restrictions] we are not going to be able to send the shipment that we would have liked for him. ”
Rachel, 50, paid tribute to her father, who was best known for playing the terrifying Sith Lord in the original Star Wars trilogy.
The former bodybuilder and weightlifting champion won the role in 1977 due to his imposing height of 6 feet 6 inches.
Director George Lucas reportedly offered Mr. Prowse the roles of Chewbacca, Vader’s hairy sidekick and Han Solo, but he turned down the role of Wookie in favor of bringing the film’s evil lord to life.
Rachel said that while her father was known to mostly portray villains on the big screen, in real life he was a gentle giant.
“He was a really nice, kind and gentle man,” she explained. “He maybe looked pretty scary and was known to play bad guys and a lot of different monsters in the movies, but as a person he was a gentle, kind and generous man.
“He was really a gentle giant. And for us, it was our father.
“He was very cool. When we went to get his things from the hospital the nurse said how cool he was.
“We used to share it with the world. He was such a larger than life character.
“He would have loved it all – people tweeting and commenting about him. He would have loved to see himself following the trends on Twitter. ”
After his death on Saturday, fans and colleagues shared memories of the Bristol-born actor, including his Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill.
Speaking from Mr Prowse’s home in Croydon, south London, where he had lived for many years, Rachel said: ‘It’s nice to see how much he was loved and what an impact he was having. on people’s lives.
“We’ve had so many positive messages from all over the world and people have tweeted such beautiful memories of him, it’s really amazing to see. ”
Rachel, who now lives in Cambridge, said the role her father was most proud of was playing security superhero Green Cross Code Man in the 1970s and 1980s.
She added: “He was able to travel the world and was really proud of his accomplishments, especially of Green Cross Code Man. It was the one he was really proud of because it was a government campaign to reduce the number of road traffic fatalities.
“He visited schools all over the country and met a lot of people, he absolutely loved it. Lots of people have commented on how they met him and toured the Green Cross Code. We used to share it with the nation. ”
Mr. Prowse is survived by his wife Norma, three children and three grandchildren.