The beloved star Chadwick Boseman, 43 was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, two years before the release of his Marvel blockbuster, Black Panther. With much sadness his colon cancer escalated to stage 4 over the last four years.
Chadwick kept his diagnosis very private and away form the press. He continued to work during his illness always giving an outstanding performance. Chadwick was the first African American Marvel hero playing the character of the King T’Challa in the film Black Panther.
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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
His death occurred on the day the MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson day, honoring the first African American major league baseball player.
“He has played several historical figures, such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017). His role as the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including in Black Panther (2018), made him an international star, winning him a NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Boseman’s other film roles included 21 Bridges (2019), which he also co-produced, and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods (2020). His final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, will release posthumously on Netflix. He died on August 28, 2020 after privately dealing with colon cancer for four years.” Source Wikipedia
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and may he rest in peace.