In an official statement released on Chadwick Boseman’s twitter account, his family confirms that the actor has died. Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016 and had battled with the disease for four years, even though he never publicly spoke about his diagnosis.
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The statement read: “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. 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.”
The actor died at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side
Born in 1976 in South Carolina, Boseman was best know for his role in the Marvel movie Black Panther. He also found success as James Brown in Get on Up as well as in movies such as 42. He recently starred in the movie Da 5 Bloods, directed by Spike Lee, where he played a a freedom fighter in the Vietnam war.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel released a statement: “Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”
Actors such as Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Chris Hemsworth as well as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and many others also paid tribute to Boseman on social media.