Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43
The actor had been battling cancer for the last four years but had not made his diagnosis public
Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal BlackPanther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43.
Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side. The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.
"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much," his family said in the statement. "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."
Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.