Daniel Fleetwood First Fan to See 'The Force Awakens' Dies

11/10/2015 6:11 AM PST

Daniel Fleetwood -- First Fan to See 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Dies

Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill man who had a last wish -- to see the new 'Star Wars' movie -- has died.

Fleetwood was battling a rare form of cancer and had only a short time to live, when J.J. Abrams granted his wish to see the movie ... it was clear he would not live long enough to see the film when it opened.

Abrams and crew arranged for Daniel and his wife Ashley to watch an unfinished cut last week in his living room. Daniel was ecstatic.

Daniel's wife said, "Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now with God and with the force."

Daniel died in his sleep.