American actor Chadwick Boseman, a Black Panther actor, died of colon cancer at age 43, his family said in a statement. The actor had been battling cancer for four years. The actor died at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side.
Chadwick Boseman played the superhero role as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chadwick Boseman first took on the role of T’Challa in the 2016 Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War before starring in his own movie Black Panther in 2018.
The film, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing more than $ 1 billion worldwide.
Boseman’s first television role in 2003, on an episode of Third Watch. His first starring role came in the 2013 sports drama 42, in which he played legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. Boseman played another black icon, Judge Thurgood Marshall, in a 2017 biopic.
Chadwick Boseman Born in South Carolina, Chadwick Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small television roles before his first turn as a star in 2013.
Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
The news of Boseman’s death shocked Hollywood and the whole world.
“Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace,” wrote the official Marvel Twitter account.
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/YQMrEJy90x
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 29, 2020
THANK YOU @chadwickboseman for all you gave us. We needed it & will always cherish it! A talented & giving artist & brother who will be sorely missed🙏🏿 RIP
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 29, 2020
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020