American actor Chadwick Boseman has died at age 43 on Friday after a four-year battle against colon cancer, according to his family. His publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press that he died at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side.
Before portraying the iconic King T’Challa in Black Panther, Boseman rose to stardom playing Black American icons such as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get on Up. His other notable works include Thurgood Marshall in Marshall and appearing in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” reads a statement from his family. “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 honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”