Popular American actor Chadwick Aaron Boseman best bnown for his role in 2018 superhero flick Black Panther has died of colon cancer at the age of 43.
The actor passed away at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side.
The news of his death was confirmed by his family in a statement posted on Instagram late on Friday in the US.
The American actor had been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, and secretly battled the disease. Chadwick’s family confirmed his cancer had progressed to stage four.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement reads. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ”
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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. Photo Credit: @samjonespictures
Boseman, 43, is survived by his wife Taylor Simone Ledward and a parent and had no children.
He got his first television role in 2003 in an episode of crime drama series Third Watch while his first starring role came a decade later in the 2013 film 42, in which he played baseball icon and star Jackie Robinson.
But his most memorable role was his 2018 performance as T’Challa, king of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and the crime fighter known as Black Panther, in the first major studio superhero movie featuring a predominantly African-American cast.
The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of the year and was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture. It won three Academy Awards – in the best original score, best costume design and best production design categories.
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