Chadwick Boseman, famous for playing King T’challa in the Black Panther film, has passed on from colon cancer.
The actor died aged 43, and had played Black Panther in the Black Panther film and in Captain America: Civil War.
Stage 4 Colon Cancer
In a statement by his family on his verified Twitter page, the actor died from Stage 4 Colon cancer. He was diagnosed with it in 2016.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of of Chadwick Boseman.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with Stage III colon Cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to Stage 4.” Part of the statement reads.
Boseman persevered through his films between 2016 and 2020 between surgeries and chemotherapy.
They described it as an honour that he was the person that brought Black Panther to life on the big screens.
Chadwick died at home with his wife and his family by his side.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Other roles Boseman bossed
Aside from his role as Black Panther, which earned him praise from critics, Boseman also bodied roles in other TV and films.
He portrayed Baseball player, Jackie Robinson in 42, as well as James Brown on Get on Up.
But it was in Black Panther that Boseman got widespread appeal. The 2018 film became a mega hit, mostly due to its largely Black cast. It became a fan favourite film of the year in many countries across Africa.
According to Forbes, the film became the 12th highest grossing film of all time. It was also the highest grossing film by a black director, Ryan Coogler.
Boseman was born in Anderson, South Carolina, in 1977 to Leroy and Carolyne Boseman.
He got his first role in 2003, in TV show called Third Watch. Boseman got his second role in a daytime soap opera, All My Children that same year. He played as Reggie Montogmery. However, he was fired after raising concerns about the character’s racial stereotypes.
His death has sent shockwaves across the world, with colleagues and fans all sending through their messages of condolences.
It was the highest honor getting to work with you and getting to know you. What a generous and sincere human being. You believed in the sacred nature of the work and gave your all. Much love to your family. And much love from all of us left here.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
RIP Chadwick Boseman, this feels so unfair. Wakanda Forever. pic.twitter.com/WHT1QoXFWN
— Sasha Grey (@SashaGrey) August 29, 2020