Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman has died of colon cancer at the age of 43, his family said in a statement. The actor had been battling the disease for four years since being diagnosed with it. The actor died at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side. He was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016.

Boseman became everyone’s favorite after playing Marvel’s Superhero Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War in 2016.

'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman passes away at 43

Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther and our dear friend. Every time he stepped on set he radiated charisma and joy, and every time he appeared on screen he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and no one was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind, powerful and strong as anyone he represented. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family mourn their loss deeply and we mourn with their family tonight. – Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios.

Well, Boseman became the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in Marvel’s record-breaking 2018 Black Panther franchise,. And he was set to appear in a Black Panther sequel slated for 2022. On Twitter, his family released a statement on their official Twitter account informing fans that their “real fighter” has passed away and died at his home, “with his wife and family by his side.” The statement read, “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey to August Wilson, Black Bottom and many more, all have been 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. “

Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small television roles before his first tour in 2013. His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson vs. Harrison Ford in 2013 ’42 drew l attention to Hollywood and made it a star.

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Boseman passed away the day Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson’s day.

“It’s a big blow,” actor and director Jordan Peele said on Twitter, one of many who expressed shock at the news spread on social media.

Boseman became a household name after appearing as the Marvel superhero Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and then in director Ryan Coogler’s 2018 film, which totaled over $ 1.3 billion worldwide. . . He followed with two more appearances as a character in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. His last film appearance was in director Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, which was released on Netflix earlier this year.

His character of T’Challa was first featured in the 2016 Marvel blockbuster films “Captain America: Civil War”. Also his “Wakanda Forever” salute rang out around the world after the release of “Black Panther” two years ago.

The character was last seen standing silently in a black suit during Tony Stark’s funeral in last year’s “Avengers: Endgame”.

Even early in his Hollywood career, Boseman was clairvoyant – and even skeptical of which industry he would become an international star in.

“You don’t have exactly the same experience as a black actor as you do as a white actor. You don’t have the same opportunities. It’s obvious and true, ”he told AP while promoting“ 42 ”. “The best way to put it is this: how often do you see a movie about a black hero who has a love affair – with a black woman, or any woman for that matter … he has spirituality. He has an intellect. It’s weird to say it, but it doesn’t happen often. “

In addition to Robinson and Brown, Boseman portrayed United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall” in 2017.

He took his first job as a producer in last year’s action thriller “21 Bridges”, in which he also starred. And was last seen onscreen in the movie Spike. Lee “Da 5 Bloods” as the leader of a group of black soldiers in Vietnam War.