‘Star Wars’ Fan Legally Changes His Name. Darth Vader Now Lives In New York

By Carlos Delgado

Here are a few fun facts about Darth Vader, courtesy of Democrat & Chronicle, that you probably didn’t know. And no, we’re talking about the Dark Lord of the Sith from Star Wars. We’re talking about the other Darth Vader.

  1. He was born Eric Welch, is 43 years old, and lives in Canandaigua, New York.
  2. A longtime Star Wars fan, Welch changed his name to Darth Vader last year.
  3. But he had to promise he wouldn’t make money using Vader’s likeness.
  4. Vader grew up in eight foster homes and attended 15 different schools.
  5. Because he grew up foster care, Vader says he has no strong family ties to his birth name.
  6. For 13 years Vader battled leukemia and is currently on the bone marrow transplant list.
  7. He has a 20 year old daughter, Alexis Welch.
  8. Darth Vader lives in the Milky Way Galaxy, has never been to Tatooine, is not proficient with the force, and did not kill Obi Wan Kenobi.
  9. No word on if he’s a Raiders fan, but we suspect he’d fit right in at a game.
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