Marvel’s « Black Panther » star Chadwick Boseman, who also portrayed Jackie Robinson and James Brown in biopics, died Friday of colon cancer. He was 43.
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Chadwick Boseman, who made a global impact bringing « Black Panther » to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongÂ with playing Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown on the silver screen,Â died Friday of cancer. He was 43.
The starÂ died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, Fioravante told the Associated Press.
Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement, which was posted on Boseman’s InstagramÂ Friday.
« Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV, » they wrote.
It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.â£ â£ Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. â£ â£ 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 Wilsonâs Ma Raineyâs Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. â£ â£ It was the honor of his career to bring King TâChalla to life in Black Panther. â£ â£ He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. â£ â£ The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. â£ â£ Photo Credit: @samjonespictures
â£ »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 Wilsonâs ‘Ma Raineyâs Black Bottom’ and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. â£It was the honor of his career to bring King TâChalla to life in Black Panther.Â
« The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. â£
Born in Anderson, S.C., Boseman was just getting into the prime of his career. After starting out on TV shows like « Lincoln Heights » and « Persons Unknown, » Boseman had his breakthrough playing the iconic Robinson in 2013’s « 42 » and then a year later inhabited the colorful wardrobe of R&B superstar Brown in « Get on Up. »
Boseman found great success playing these iconic roles â he also portrayedÂ Thurgood Marshall as a young lawyer, before his Supreme Court Days, in 2017’s « Marshall. » But he also made the most of his smaller parts as well: In 2014, Boseman co-starred with Kevin Costner as a headstrong but goodhearted college superstar wanting to make it to the NFL to take care of his nephews in the football dramedy « Draft Day. »
It was 2016, though, that started him on the road to superstardom with a cameo as T’Challa, a young Wakandan prince (later king) and heroic warrior, in Marvel’s « Captain America: Civil War. » Two years later, he headlined the blockbuster « Black Panther, » a movie that caused a movement throughout the world as Black men and women, boys and girls, took to heart its hero and the cross-armed « Wakanda Forever » salute.
« This experience is anÂ opening for peopleâs consciousness. TheirÂ boundariesÂ should be shaken and moved, » Boseman told USA TODAY in 2018. « Thereâs a hero here that I hope people grow to love. »Â
They did. Fans came out in droves, driving « Black Panther » to rake in a box office over $1.3 billion, becoming the No. 4 biggest movie of all time.Â The film was also the first superhero movie ever nominated by the Academy Awards for best picture.
Boseman reprised his popular role two more times, in 2018’s « Avengers: Infinity War » and « Avengers: Endgame. »
Boseman also had a small but key supporting part in Spike Lee’s « Da 5 Bloods » playing the leader of a unit of Black soldiers in Vietnam who decide to keep a golden treasure for themselves.
His final role in Netflix’s upcomingÂ « Ma Rainey » castÂ Boseman as a trumpeter alongside Viola Davis as a 1920s blues singer.
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