Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said.
The 43-year-old Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.
“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. “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,” his family said in a statement.
“Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side,” the statement said.
Let us tell you that born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had his first starring role in the 2013 film “42” in 2013 before he became a star, in which he portrayed baseball pioneer and star Jackie Robinson. His striking portrayal of Robinson opposite Harrison Ford drew attention in Hollywood and made him a star.
He became a household name after appearing as the Marvel’s superhero Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and his appearance in Ryan Coogler’s 2018 film, which went on to gross over 1.3 billion Dollar worldwide.
The actor was also seen in two more appearances as the character in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. On June 12, 2020, his most recent release appearance was in director Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods”, which streamed on Netflix.
As soon as this news spread on social media, many actors, directors, writers expressed their grief overBoseman’s demise.
“This is a crushing blow” actor, writer and director Jordan Peele tweeted.
This is a crushing blow.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) August 29, 2020
“This broke me,” actoress and writer Issa Rae tweeted.
This broke me.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) August 29, 2020
“Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles. You never truly know what the people around you might be going through – treat them with kindness and cherish every minute you have together. RIP Chadwick Boseman,” actress Halle Berry tweeted.
Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles. You never truly know what the people around you might be going through – treat them with kindness and cherish every minute you have together. RIP #ChadwickBoseman pic.twitter.com/NaNC5GKuut— Halle Berry (@halleberry) August 29, 2020