Richard LeParmentier...the guy who got choked out by Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars"...has died. He was 66.

Richard played Admiral Motti, the Death Star commander who dared to MOCK Vader's "sorcerer's ways", and got his cynical windpipe CRUSHED BY THE POWER OF THE FORCE.

Here's video:

And here, just for the heck of it, is a compilation of Darth Vader choke-outs:

And here's a story we did earlier this month about a related photo trend called "Vadering".

Here I am "Vadering" one of the Kool staff members:

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