Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, has died. The actor passed at the age of 43.
The 42 lead actor died at his home in the Los Angeles area. His wife and family were by his side in his final moments. Boseman’s official Twitter account shared the news of his passing on Friday night.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement reads. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”
The statement continued: “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.”
Despite appearing in a number of major films, Boseman felt particularly honored to appear as the “Black Panther” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “It was the honor of his career to bring Kingi T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the statement reads. “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’s T’Challa character first appeared in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
Social Media Reacts to the Passing of Chadwick Boseman
Shortly after his passing, thousands on Twitter responded to the tweet from the official Chadwick Boseman Twitter account. “Chadwick Boseman, your legacy will live on forever through the talent you shared with us in films like ‘Black Panther’ and ’42.’ You will NEVER be forgotten,” one user writes.
Another Twitter user offered their condolences writing, “2020 taking the wrong people away from us. Wakanda for life. It was more than just a movie. It was a uplift for black people and you did that bro. May you rest within your success.”
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Chadwick Boseman is survived by his wife and family.