Chadwick Boseman, star of Marvel’s Black Panther, 42, and Da 5 Bloods has died at age 43. The news was confirmed by his official Twitter account.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement reads. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. 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.
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
“The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Born November 29, 1976 in South Carolina, Boseman first appeared on screen in a 2003 episode of Third Watch. After various guest turns, he snagged regular roles on Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown. However, his career picked up considerably once he was cast as Jackie Robinson in 42.
In 2016, the same year he was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer, Boseman began portraying the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with Captain America: Civil War, before spinning off into his own solo feature, titled Black Panther.
The role of T’Challa not only netted Boseman multiple nominations and awards, it became a global phenomenon, grossing over $700 million in the United States alone. Boseman became synonymous with both the success of the movie, and the role — and his “Wakanda Forever” salute became a standby of red carpets and events.
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