Chadwick Boseman, the star of ‘Black Panther’, in the Marvel cinematic universe superhero film, has died of colon cancer. He was 43.
The 43-year-old “King T’Challa” of the fictional “Wakanda”, died in his home with his wife and other family members by his side, a statement announcing his death was posted on his official Twitter handle on Saturday morning.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement read.
“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 so 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.”
The statement added that the role of King T’Challa was the “honour of (Boseman’s) career”.
Chadwick Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina and got his start in an episode of ‘Third Watch’ in 2003.
He then featured on ‘Law and Order’, ‘ER’ and ‘CSI’ before getting his breakout role as Jackie Robinson in ’42’.
It was his act in ’42’ that led directly to his role as T’Challa/Black Panther, the fictional leader of Wakanda — a character that first appeared in ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
Boseman went on to replicate that role in ‘Black Panther’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, and ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
He won several awards for his portrayal of the iconic Marvel character.