Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has died after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his family said in a statement Friday. He was 43 years old.
The actor died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side.
“It is with immeasurable pain that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and has battled it for the past 4 years as he progressed to stage IV, ”the family said.
“A true fighter, Chadwick has persevered through it all and brought you many films that you have come to love.
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has died at 43 after private four-year battle with colon cancer
His family confirmed his death in a social media statement on Friday, claiming the actor was diagnosed with stage III cancer in 2016.
The family have revealed that many Boseman films, including August Wilson’s Marshall, Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, were shot “during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the statement said. “The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks you to continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.
Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small television roles before his first star tour in 2013.
The actor was known to have played real characters, including professional baseball player Jackie Robinson in the 2013 biopic 42, and James Brown in 2014’s Get On Up, before landing the role of Marvel, which made him one. Super star.
Boseman’s death came on the day Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson’s day.
His character of T’Challa was first introduced to the 2016 Marvel blockbuster films “Captain America: Civil War”, and his “Wakanda Forever” salute resonated around the world after the release of “Black Panther”. two years ago.
Boseman pictured with Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019
Boseman and Taylor Simone Ledward attend the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois
Black Panther was a hit with critics who praised its diversity and grossed over $ 1.3 billion at the global box office, while also earning a nomination for Best Photo at the Oscars.
Marvel Studios released a statement on his passing on Twitter: “Our hearts are broken and our hearts go out to the family of Chadwick Boseman. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace.’
“It’s a blow,” actor and director Jordan Peele said on Twitter, one of several to express his shock as the news spread on social media.
“It broke me,” actor and writer Issa Rae said.