Actor Chadwick Boseman, who is renowned for his role as ‘Black Panther’ in marvel series, died after battling colon cancer for four years.
A statement from his official account confirmed his demise, “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Boseman, 42, has appeared in several movies and TV shows such as 42 where he portrayed iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson, James Brown in Get on Up. He also worked as T’Challa in Marvel’s 2016 film, Captain America: Civil War. However, he gained more popularity due to his own black Panther film in 2018.
“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating,” Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages.”
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020
Black Panther has become the 12th highest-grossing movie of all time and the highest-grossing movie of all time directed by a Black director (Ryan Coogler).
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films that you have come to love so much,” the statement reads. “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.”