American actor and star of the ground-breaking superhero movie “Black Panther,” Chadwick Boseman have been pronounced dead after losing battle to colon cancer.
The sad news was announced on Bosesman’s official social media accounts.
Boseman, who was 42 years old had not publicly discussed his condition which was
first diagnosed in 2016 and continued to work on major Hollywood films.
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” said a
statement posted to Boseman’s social media accounts.
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all” and filmed projects “during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” the family’s statement said.
Boseman became the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the
record-breaking Marvel franchise with 2018’s “Black Panther.”
The movie, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by
critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best
picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.
Earlier in his career, Boseman played black icons Jackie Robinson in “42” and James Brown in “Get on Up.”
He recently appeared in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and was set to appear in a sequel to “Black Panther” due in 2022.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020