Tony Dyson is best known in the geek/nerd community as the builder of R2-D2. His long time friend, Brenda Thomas, confirmed today that Dyson passed away. Though Thomas did not reveal cause of death. Thomas did go on to say that not only would the Star Wars fans miss him, but that Dyson’s kindness would be missed by all. R2-D2 is of course a staple in the Star Wars community, so this is truly sad news. We would like to extend our condolences Dyson’s family and friends.