Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died on Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43.

Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.

Chadwick Boseman, winner of Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for 'Black Panther,' attends the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
Chadwick Boseman won Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Black Panther at the 50th NAACP Image Awards in 2019. Photo: Getty Images.

Boseman was diagnosed with stage three 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 in the statement.

“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 honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.

Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013′s 42 drew attention in Hollywood.

The late actor's family released a statement via his Twitter account. Photo: Twitter/ChadwickBoseman.
The late actor's family released a statement via his Twitter account. Photo: Twitter/ChadwickBoseman.

Boseman died on a day that Major League Baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson day.

His T’Challa character was first introduced to the blockbuster Marvel movies in 2016′s Captain America: Civil War, and his “Wakanda Forever” salute reverberated around the world after the release of Black Panther two years ago.

“This is a crushing blow” actor and director Jordan Peele said on Twitter, one of many expressing shock as the news spread across social media.

“This broke me,” tweeted actor and writer Issa Rae.

With AP.

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