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Double Identity Meet the real life Darth Vader

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh instalment in the popular movie franchise released last weekend amid huge fanfare and paparazzi and already have smashed a number of records at the box office.

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Eric Welch as Darth Vader play

Eric Welch as Darth Vader

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh instalment in the popular movie franchise released last weekend amid huge fanfare and paparazzi and already have smashed a number of records at the box office. It is now time for the die-hard fans to show their eternal love for their favourite franchise. At least this 43 year old think so.

Meet Eric Welch who was known by this name so throughout his entire life but not anymore. Last year this lifelong Star Wars legally changed his name to match the Sith Lord and became ‘Darth Vader’. Many people have seen him at area events where he dressed himself in the iconic costume of the movie at the Pittsford Wegmans or other local coffee shops and his fellow members have seen him exercising at his local gym in Canandaigua, New York, USA.

Some wise guys call him Darth Vader while other people prefer the name Eric. When asked about his decision he said, “I wanted to do something of my own and I had no strong family ties to my name. I wanted a separation from myself and from my past.”

Darth Vader in Star Wars play

Darth Vader in Star Wars

(bgr.com)

 

The former US Marine and 1991 High School Graduate from Penfield High School, Eric grew up in a foster home and living in foster homes at the age of eight at attended as many as 15 different schools. He had spent his years mostly as a handyman and in security. He had been fighting with leukaemia and bone marrow disorder for 13 years now. His disease is manageable but it requires a bone marrow transplant treatment.

He is a current patient at UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute and have completed 15 sessions of chemotherapy since 2002 and the last one being in 2008. He is also presently on the bone marrow transplant list at Seattle’s VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Washington.

He also owns Allegiant Fitness which is a small basement gym on Mill Street in Canandaigua and have completed 13 half marathons and 18 tough mudder races around the country. ‘The Force is strong in this one’.

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