US actor Chadwick Boseman, who is best known for playing ‘Black Panther‘ in the hit Marvel superhero franchise, has passed on at age 43.
According to a statement posted on his Twitter account, the actor died after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
Chadwick Boseman died on Friday at home in Los Angeles with his family and wife by his side.
Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 but had not made the information public.
The sad news of his death has left many fans and the world of film stunned.
‘Get Out’ director, Jordan Peele said it was “a crushing blow”.
A statement issued by his publicist, Nicki Fioravante said:
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so 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.”
The statement continued that the role of King T’Challa was the “honor of (Boseman’s) career.”
Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013.
His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013′s 42 drew attention in Hollywood and made him a star.
A year later, he wowed audiences as Brown in the biopic Get On Up.
His T’Challa character was first introduced to the blockbuster Marvel movies in 2016′s Captain America: Civil War, and his Wakanda Forever salute reverberated around the world after the release of Black Panther two years ago.
Black Panther, the first major studio superhero movie featuring a predominantly African American cast, went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of the year and was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture.
It won three Academy Awards – in the best original score, best costume design and best production design categories.
BieGyaNation.Com says, may your gentle soul Rest In Perfect Peace, Chadwick Boseman!
Source: George Awiadem Maclean | BieGyaNation.Com