A 4-year-old who died from an inoperable brain tumor received his final request earlier this month: a Star Wars-themed funeral.
Jack Robinson of Hampshire, England, passed away on April 1. According to The News in Portsmouth, the 4-year-old was diagnosed with the tumor in January. When doctors gave him only a 5 percent chance of surviving, friends and family banded together to help grant some of the boy's final wishes. Singer and former U.K. "X-Factor" judge Gary Barlow visited Jack in the hospital. The 4-year-old also received a birthday video message from Matt Smith, who plays The Doctor in the BBC TV series "Doctor Who."
"Thank you for your messages. I am totally speechless, my baby has gone but all I can do is cry," his mother, Marie, wrote on Facebook after her son's passing. "We will give my baby an almighty send off, the funeral of all funerals, he deserves the best."
On April 10, the Robinsons came through on their promise. Jack's coffin was Star Wars-themed. It traveled via a horse-drawn carriage surrounded by Stormtroopers in full attire. A floral arrangement that spelled out "JEDI" was placed on the carriage. A crowd of people, led by Jack's parents, his twin brother, and three sisters, walked behind the Stormtroopers.
The church service also maintained the "Star Wars" theme. The Daily Mail reports that the funeral's order of service read, "Master Jack Robinson, joined the force 1st April 2014." Inside, a brass band played the Luke Skywalker theme song.
"Jack was a special boy. He was unique and brought everyone together," his father, Terence, said after the funeral. "We needed to give him a unique send-off, and the brilliant sunshine that came out for it was Jack looking down on us. I will always love you son."