Originally Posted by Soltaris
How did Yoda get old so fast?
He lives to be over 900 years old according to what he said in Ep V. That makes him over 90 years old in human terms.
And luke was what, about 26 in Ep V? So the span in time between Ep III and Ep V isn't that great. So if Yoda was the equivelent of a 90 year old in EP V he had to be the equivelent of an 88 year old in Ep III. That's only a difference of 2 years!
So how did his health fail so quickly in such a small portion of his lifespan? Did he catch an exotic flue or something?
What are you talking about? Forget all that 90, 88 bulls**t, he was about 900 years old in Episode VI (not V) and about 870 years old in Episode III, he was old and frail in Episode I. He's probably appeared old for hundreds of years, not dying because of his strong force connection, the same way that Anakin didn't die in Episode III.
You have to remember that the last 25 years of his life was in very different circumstances to the rest of his life. The place where he lived on Dagobah was rich in the Dark Side, he probably couldn't have maintained such a strong connection as he could in the temple.