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In The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader uses Force Choke to kill Admiral Ozzel. At the time Vader is in his meditation chamber while Ozzel and Needa are presumably on the bridge of the Executor.

I can't find an exact map of The Executor but it's implied here that Vader is using Force Choke from a distance.

From how far away can he Force Choke a victim?

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It can be thousands of light years. In recently launched S06E10 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (The Lost Missions), Palpatine (who was on Coruscant) choked Count Dooku (who was in his HQ) from thousands of light years away*.

I don't have canon backup, but its possible that force choke could be triggered via communication channel. Or, its just unexplainable for force telekinesis.

*I am still trying to find distance between Coruscant and Raxus Prime. If you know it, please update the answer.

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It seems like the person choking the victim will need to be close to the victim he/she wants to force choke without looking at the victim.

As shown in this example.

'Some individuals were also powerful enough and experienced enough to not require any visuals to kill someone via force choke, such as when Letta Turmond's Jedi backer, later revealed to be Barriss Offee, killed her via a force choke and subsequently framed Ahsoka Tano for the deed.

As well as when Darth Sidious used the ability to kill the Shadow Collective guards standing near the door before opening it to confront his former apprentice, Darth Maul and the latter's apprentice, Savage Oppress.

With visuals it seems they can choke the victim from a long distance away.

ESPECIALLY - Darth Vader was also seen using this ability to express his dissatisfaction with an Imperial officer during one of his Jedi hunts, choking the man while staring pointedly away from him.'

Sorry, the link is here: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Telekinesis

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What are these quotes from? –  phantom42 Feb 25 at 2:53
    
Wookiepedia - Star Wars! –  user23187 Feb 25 at 2:58
    
The crux of the question is really about the distance, not so much about whether or not visuals are required. –  phantom42 Feb 25 at 3:09
    
For future reference, when quoting another source on the internet it is good taste to include a link to said source. –  Xantec Feb 25 at 3:33
    
Thanks! Understood. Still learning. –  user23187 Feb 25 at 4:00

Users of Force Choke need only to see their victim in order to perform it on them. Per Wookieepedia:

Those among the most experienced with Force Choke needed only a live visual of their victim in order to perform the technique. Darth Vader demonstrated this by choking Admiral Kendal Ozzel over a viewscreen, even though the admiral was on the bridge and Vader was in his meditation chamber. However, this ability requires extreme focus upon the object at hand, any break of concentration and the choke would be removed and the target's freedom of movement restored. Some individuals were also powerful enough and experienced enough to not require any visuals to kill someone via force choke, such as when Letta Turmond's Jedi backer, later revealed to be Barriss Offee, killed her via a force choke and subsequently framed Ahsoka Tano for the deed, as well as when Darth Sidious used the ability to kill the Shadow Collective guards standing near the door before opening it to confront his former apprentice, Darth Maul and the latter's apprentice, Savage Oppress.

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Interesting info but doesn't seem to address the distance question. Assume an individual powerful enough to not require a visual - is there still a distance limitation beyond which a victim would be safe ? –  Stan Dec 2 '13 at 2:17
    
This is merely regurgitates the info already in the question (Ozzel) and the other 2 examples don't address distance. –  DVK Dec 2 '13 at 15:01

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