Tragically, none other than the beloved American actor that is Chadwick Boseman has died at age 43. The news was announced on Friday following a four-year battle against colon cancer. His publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press that he died at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side.
Boseman career took off after he played various Black American icons such as Jackie Robinson in 42, as well as James Brown in Get on Up. This is, of course, prior to his culture-changing performance as King T’Challa in Black Panther. Despite being diagnosed in 2016, Boseman continued to work, starring in notable works like Marshall as well as Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.
A statement from his family read: “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” adding: “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 honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family, he will be truly missed.