Little Darth Vader from Volkswagen Ad to Undergo Open-Heart Surgery

Back in December, Dustin chose Volkswagen’s Little Darth Vader advertisement as 2011’s best commercial (rightly so), besting that Luvs’ promo featuring a bunch of twisted babies having a pooping contest. I know the ad was for a heartless German corporation, using a character created by an even-more-heartless individual, but goddammit, IT WAS SO CUTE. And this is SO SAD:

Max Page, the 7-year-old who played a miniature Darth Vader in Volkswagen’s popular Super Bowl commercial in 2011, will undergo open-heart surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday to repair a congenital heart defect. The goal of the surgery is to repair a hole in his heart and replace his pulmonary valve. (Via)

Is…is it getting dusty in here or what? We obviously hope for the best for young master Page, and would like to quote a line from Star Wars that’s helped us through tough times: “Alert all commands. Calculate every possible destination along their last known trajectory.” No, wait, that’s not it. “The force is with you,” Max. Much better.