We are so heartbroken to report that Chadwick Boseman, star of Marvel Studios “Black Panther,” has lost his battle with colon cancer. This has come as an understandable shock, as the actor had kept his diagnosis (and subsequent treatment) a secret for many years.
His family released a statement, saying:
“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.”
Boseman was 43.
Clearly, the talented actor was far more than just T’Challa the Black Panther. He played Jackie Robinson in “42,” and the incredible James Brown in “Get on Up.”
Stars across all social media platforms have been posting their shock and sadness at the passing of Boseman.
Dwayne The Rock Johnson:
August 28th is the birthday of Black Panther creator Jack Kirby, as well as Jackie Robinson Day.
Rest in power.