‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dies After Four Year Fight with Cancer

Chadwick Boseman has died after four year battle with colon cancer. The actor was only 43.

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has died after a four year battle with colon cancer, according to the Associated Press. The actor was only 43.

Boseman’s official Twitter account released a statement on Twitter and Instagram.

The statement reveals that the actor was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016 and “battled with it” as it eventually got to stage four.

The statement also revealed that Boseman stayed busy filming movies like Marshal, Da 5 Bloods, and the upcoming film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The statement also revealed that he died at home with his family by his side.

Boseman’s fight with colon cancer was not previously reported. However, the actor has looked more gaunt over the last year, with fans on social media speculating about his health.

As soon as the news started, circulating, Boseman’s peers came to social media to send out their best wishes. Sterling K Brown, Janelle Monáe, Mark Ruffalo, Issa Rae, and more released statements. 

Chadwick Boseman was born and raised in South Carolina to his mother Carolyn, who was a nurse, and his father Leroy, a textile worker. Boseman would go on to attend Howard University and get a degree in directing.

After a long career in TV, Boseman’s first big break came in 2013 when he played Jackie Robinson in 42. After that Boseman would build a reputation for historical characters; he played James Brown in Get on Up and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. Boseman’s career would go to another level when he would get chosen to play T’Challa, better known as Black Panther, for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He played T’Challa Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame. Boseman was set to play the character again in the upcoming Black Panther sequel.

Chadwick Boseman’s last film will be Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which will be released on Netflix.



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