Black Panther lead actor Chadwick Boseman has died after a 4 year long battle with Colon Cancer.
Renowned actor Chadwick Boseman who flawlessly executed his roles as the black iconic Jackie Robinson and James Brown has been pronounced dead at 43 years.
His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
Before landing the role of King T’Challa, Boseman played several notable historical figures: Jackie Robinson in “42,” James Brown in “Get On Up” and, in 2017, Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.”
Signed to a five-picture deal with Marvel, he first donned the “vibranium-lined suit” for “Captain America: Civil War,” then followed his titular role as Black Panther a couple of months later in 2018 and the superhero mash-up “Avengers: Infinity War” and again in the following year’s still-untitled “Avengers 4.”
“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 honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
By the time of his demise, Boseman had not publicly spoken of his diagnosis. His death comes on a day that Major League Baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day.
Boseman died in the comfort of his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his
side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante notes in the statement.
Rest In Peace, Chadwick Boseman.