A beloved “Star Wars” actor was rushed to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery last Thursday.
Voice actor Matt Lanter started voicing Anakin Skywalker in 2008’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and reprised his role for several animated projects. He also made his live-action “Star Wars” debut in 2019 in the first season of “The Mandalorian.” In “Chapter 6: The Prisoner,” Lanter played a New Republic soldier on the prison ship that is taken hostage and later killed by Din Djarin’s (Pedro Pascals) companions.
Prayers For The ‘Star Wars’ Actor Are ‘Definitely Still Appreciated’
His wife, Angela Lanter, posted the news on Instagram, where she posted a black-and-white snap of her and her husband holding hands in a hospital bed in Nashville, Tennessee.
“This week has been the scariest of my life,” she wrote. “My hubby has been through the ringer since Tuesday and ended up in emergency surgery on Thursday.”
“Thankfully he’s started to turn the corner and is slowly getting on the road to recovery,” she continued. “Thank you all for your prayers, love and support. We are so thankful to the awesome nurses, they are the real heroes. ❤️”
“We still have an uphill battle and will continue to be in the hospital for a while longer, so prayers are definitely still appreciated,” she added.
Many fans and friends commented on the post to share their well-wishes.
The official Star Wars Twitter page commented, “The galaxy is with you, Matt.”
Brittany Lutz commented, “We’re praying for total and complete healing over Matt! And for peace over you and your baby girl ❤️❤️❤️”
Sheridan Gregory wrote, “So sorry to hear this Ang. Sending so much love your guys way. Praying for a speedy recovery for Matt. Let me know if there is anything we can do❤️”
Symon added, “I love you guys so much and I’m so sorry you had to go through this. Praying for a speedy recovery ❤️🙌”
Ashley Eckstein commented, “Sending you, Matt and your family all of my love and prayers! 🙏🏻❤️”
‘Star Wars’ Fans Continue To Express Support For Recovering Actor
Angela Lanter took to Instagram again two days later to show Lanter sitting in a hospital chair with a face mask covering his nose and mouth.
“A small update because a lot of people have been asking… Last Tuesday, Matt started experiencing intense abdominal pain and was admitted to the hospital later that night,” she explained.
“Thursday he was diagnosed with a closed loop intestinal obstruction (his small intestine twisted, causing a blockage) and was rushed into emergency surgery,” she continued. “He has experienced some setbacks after surgery but today he is feeling a little better.”
“The drs and nurses have stressed the importance of getting up and walking, so we’re slowly getting him moving more and more,” she added. “Hoping for more improvement tomorrow. Thankful for all of your prayers. ❤️”
Betsy Mikesell commented, “So scary and stressful!!! Nothing worse than watching those you love suffering and not be able to fix it for them! Glad he is on the mend! We are still praying for his recovery!”
Sazan Hendrix wrote, “Thank you for updating us. We love you and we’re praying for Matt and rest over all of you!!!! ❤️”
Melissa Joan Hart added, “Praying hard and hear for you whatever you may need.”
‘Star Wars’ Costar Posts Thoughtful Message For ‘My SkyGuy’
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One “Clone Wars” costar was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, Ahsoka Tano, who is voiced by Ashley Eckstein. She posted her own photo with the actor, saying that she wished that there was more than she could do.
“‘You’re stuck with me Skyguy.’ Our Clone Wars cast, we’re family,” she wrote. “My Skyguy, @mattlanter is recovering after emergency surgery. He’s on his way to recovery, but I’ve felt so helpless, wishing I could do more to help him and his amazing wife @angelalanter.”
“So I dedicate this #MentalHealthMonday post to Matt and I ask for your help,” she continued. “The most powerful thing we can do for him right is extend our kindness, well wishes and prayers for good health and a speedy recovery. Please join me in sending love, the Force and prayers for Matt and his family.”
Angela Lanter commented, “❤️❤️❤️” as fans echoed the message “May the Force Be With You.”