Darth Vader appears on Colston plinth after Star Wars actor Dave Prowse’s death

A Darth Vader figure has appeared on the empty Edward Colston plinth in Bristol overnight, following the death of Star Wars actor David Prowse.

The actor, who played the villain in the first three Star Wars films and was born in Bristol, died on Sunday.

A leading street artist in the city created the huge tribute to him – with the artist saying “Bristol has lost a son”.

A petition was also set up asking for a statue of the actor – who started his career as a weightlifter, bodybuilder and bouncer before heading off to London for a career as an actor – to be placed on the Colston plinth permanently.

But so far it has attracted less than 500 signatures, Bristol Live reports.

It isn’t clear yet who is responsible for this or whether the 1ft figurine has been placed there with permission.

It is not the first time figures have been placed on the empty plinth of the slave trader since it was torn down, dragged a third of a mile and thrown into the harbour in the summer.

A mannequin of bald fat man in a wheelie bin was placed next to the plinth a few days later.

The toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in the centre of Bristol on June 7, 2020 was seen around the world.

Colston’s statue has since been retrieved from the bottom of Bristol Harbour and is being restored ahead of proposed plans to put it in a museum.

Bristol City Council has been contacted for more information.

Prowse passed away aged 85 following a short illness and a much-loved local figure in the West Country.

The proud Bristolian was reportedly nicknamed ‘Darth Farmer’ by his late Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher, because of his strong accent.

Famously his own voice wasn’t used in the film, as he was dubbed over by US actor James Earl Jones.

Prowse landed his part of the role due to his imposing physique and his history as a weightlifter.