‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman died on Friday following a 4-year battle with colon cancer. The actor passed away in his Los Angeles area home, surrounded by his wife and family. He was 43.
Boseman built a successful career playing Black icons like baseball great Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding A-list fame as the star of Marvel’s Black Panther, where he played the regal King T’Challa of Wakanda.
According to a statement by the actor’s family, Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. The actor didn’t speak publicly about his diagnosis.
“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 the statement.
“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 honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”