Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as Black Panther, has passed away at 43.
Boseman’s passing was publicly announced on his social media platforms late Friday night:
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. 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.
He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Boseman was born on November 29, 1976 in Anderson, South Carolina.
His first television role was in 2003 in the show, Third Watch. In 2013, he landed his first starting role in the movie, 42, where he played baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson. Boseman also went on to portray music icon James Brown in 2014 and lawyer and civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall in 2017.
2016 began his career as T’Challa/Black Panther, him later starting in the movie series around the character in 2018. This role earned him numerous awards, such as the MTV Award for “Best Hero” and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award with his Black Panther cast mates for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.”