By Nsunjo Erica
Chadwick Boseman who starred in Marvel’s Black Panther and Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods, died Friday at the age of 43 after a long battle with Colon cancer.
The actor was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016. According to sources, Boseman had never gone public about his battle with cancer.
The actor’s publicist Nicki Fioravante informed AP that he died in his Los Angeles home alongside his wife and family, the news of his death was broken to the world in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement reads. “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Chadwick Boseman starred in numerous movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Avengers: Endgame; Captain America: Civil War. Boseman’s fame and popularity were engineered most after casting in Black Panther. Black Panther is a groundbreaking comic book movie that scored seven nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
According to Forbes, by March 2018, Black Panther had become the 12th highest-grossing movie of all time directed by a Black director (Ryan Coogler)
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” reads a statement from his family. “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.” The statement added.
Chadwick Boseman was born in 1976 in South Carolina, Boseman, he was initially known for his portrayal of real-life figures like James Brown in getting on Up, Jackie Robinson in 42, and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.
The world mourns Chadwick Boseman, several tributes from fans and friends are continuously coming in to strengthen his family during these hard but inevitable times.