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At the beginning of the movie, Vader and the storm troopers board Princess Leia's ship. At one point Vader was holding a rebel in the air and was interrogating him, and then throws him away after he died. I was somewhat confused as to how that rebel died. Did he commit suicide, did Vader crush his throat, something else?

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Doesn't Vader choke him and ask questions at the same time? Isn't that counter productive? –  Mathew Foscarini Feb 11 '13 at 17:18
    
@MathewFoscarini - Antilles is certainly under some time pressure to answer, and does answer about them being on a diplomatic mission. –  iandotkelly Feb 11 '13 at 17:22
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The man that Vader is strangling is Captain Raymus Antilles. He's the captain of the ship carrying Leia and the droids. His death was by strangulation by Vader during that scene.

You can read about him here.

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