Chadwick Boseman, the star of the groundbreaking superhero film “Black Panther,” has died of colon cancer, his publicist told AFP on Friday.
Boseman, who was in his forties, hadn’t publicly discussed his condition – first diagnosed in 2016 – and continued to work on major Hollywood films.
“It was his career honor to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” said a statement on Boseman’s social media accounts.
“He died in his home with his wife and family by his side.”
– Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) 29th August 2020
Boseman became the first black superhero to get his own stand-alone movie in 2018’s record-breaking Marvel franchise, Black Panther.
Set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, the film was loved by critics and audiences and was the first comic book film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, grossing over $ 1 billion worldwide.
At the beginning of 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 due to appear in a 2022 sequel to “Black Panther”.
“Chadwick, a real fighter, has endured” and filmed projects “during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” said the family’s statement.