Chadwick Boseman, mostly known for playing Black Panther and Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42, has passed away. He was just 43 years old and had so much left to give. The Marvel iconic hero had been battling colon cancer for four years.
The tragic news was first reported by the Associated Press, Friday night. It has now been confirmed by Chadwick Boseman’s social media accounts. Here’s the sad and tragic statement given on Twitter…
“Boseman 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.”
Chadwick died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his family and wife by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.
Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, “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 in a statement.
The news comes as a shock to the public because the actor never spoke a thing about his cancer diagnosis. Every baseball player wore a 42 on their uniform today in honor of the famed Brooklyn Dodgers icon, who became the first African American to be in the Major League. His passing also just so happens to have happened on the same day the MLB was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. Chadwick took on the role in 2013, before embodying Marvel’s most groundbreaking big-screen move since the MCU began.
“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more movies – he did all these films during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor and respect of his career to bring him as King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Boseman first appeared as Black Panther, the leader of a fictional African nation Wakanda in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, before starring in his own solo film, Marvel’s first Best Picture nominee, Black Panther.
He was born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first-star turn in 2013. His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013′s 42 drew attention in Hollywood.