A Star Trek fan with terminal cancer who had been granted his wish to see Star Trek into Darkness has passed away.
Daniel Craft‘s wish to see the movie had been posted by his friend on Reddit, and the wish eventually made its way to J.J. Abrams, who made a rough cut of the movie available for Dan and his wife Paige to see.
“Of course, he loved the film,” said Grady Hendrix, a friend of the couple. “It was the last thing he got to do before he passed away.”
Hendrix thanked the Reddit community for their assistance in getting the word out and making his friend’s last wish come true. “At a time when he didn’t have a whole lot to look forward to, r/StarTrek, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Bad Robot performed a simple act of kindness for a total stranger and gave Dan something to be excited about for a couple of days,” said Hendrix. “The movie did exactly what movies are supposed to do; it helped him forget about his problems for a couple of hours. It doesn’t sound like much, but in this case it was…it made a huge difference to Dan, his wife, and his friends.”
When asked about what he had done for Craft, Abrams said, “It was an honor to be asked. I’d rather not talk about it because it feels insensitive, but for that to have been a request was unbelievably touching.”
Zachary Quinto sent his condolences to Craft’s family via Twitter. “My heart is with the family of Dan Craft,” he said. “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
Craft is survived by his wife Paige and a daughter.