Palpatine is one of the most important and iconic characters in the “Star Wars” universe. Over the years, the character has been seen as a Senator, and later, the Supreme Chancellor. He is ultimately revealed to be the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious, and eventually becomes Emperor Palpatine when the Galactic Republic falls. Several actors have played the role of Palpatine in the “Star Wars” universe over the years. The most well-known name is Ian McDiarmid, who first played the Emperor in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi”, and reprised the role for 2019’s “Rise of Skywalker”. He also played Senator Palpatine in “The Phantom Menace” and the other prequel films. The actor was also retroactively added to “The Empire Strikes Back” when the first three “Star Wars” films were released on DVD in 2004. McDiarmid was used to digitally replace the original theatrical footage of the Emperor used in the original cut, according to CNN.
But there’s another actor named Ian who played the role of Palpatine. Actor Ian Abercrombie may not have played Palpatine on screen, but he voiced the character of Chancellor Palpatine in several “Star Wars” video games, as well on the much-loved “Clone Wars” animated series from 2008 to 2014. Abercrombie passed away in 2012, with ScreenRant clarifying that the actor’s voice was heard in posthumously in later seasons of the show. Curious about how this noted character actor and voiceover talent passed away? Here’s what you need to know.
Actor Ian Abercrombie’s Cause of Death Was Kidney Failure
According to the LA Times, actor Ian Abercrombie’s cause of death in 2012 was kidney failure. The Times cited “friend Cathy Lind Hayes” as their source. Prior to his death, the actor had been diagnosed with lymphoma. It was not clear in the Times report exactly what type of lymphoma the actor had been diagnosed with.
According to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, the disease is the most common type of blood cancer, with the cancer generally taking one of three major forms. The three broad categories of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. According to a video the …read more