‘Black Panther’ star, Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer, aged 43

'Black Panther' star, Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer, aged 43

After battling colon for four years, Marvel’s star, dies at age 43.

'black Panther' Star, Chadwick Boseman
‘black Panther’ Star, Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman, the man who brought “Black Panther” to life, has died.

The actor has been battling colon cancer since 2016 and died at home with his family and wife by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.
He was 43, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said in a statement.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said.

Boseman graduated from Howard University

A South Carolina native, Boseman graduated in 2000 from Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, DC. While there, he also attended the British American Drama Academy at Oxford in 1998, according to Howard’s website.
“It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of alumnus Chadwick Boseman who passed away this evening. His incredible talent will forever be immortalized through his characters and through his own personal journey from student to superhero! Rest in Power, Chadwick!” University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement.
Boseman’s breakout performance came in 2013 when he played Jackie Robinson in the film “42,” according to Howard’s website.
“His transcendent performance in ’42’ will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come,” Major League Baseball tweeted from their official Twitter account Friday.
Boseman made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2016 as T’Challa/Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War,” according to Howard. Black Panther then got his own stand-alone movie that released in 2018, which broke box office records. Marvel Studios president had previously announced the second movie of the “Black Panther” saga would debut in theatres in May 2022.
The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in “Get On Up” and Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.”

Sen. Kamala Harris, who is also an alumna of Howard, said she was “heartbroken” over Boseman’s death.

‘A superhero to many’

In a statement following Boseman’s death, Martin Luther King III said the actor “brought history to life” with his roles.

“As Black Panther, he was also a superhero to many,” he wrote on Twitter. “And despite his 4 year long battle with cancer, he kept fighting and he kept inspiring. He will be missed.”

“My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble,” she tweeted. “He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family.”

Actor Mark Ruffalo, who starred aside Boseman in the Marvel movies as the Hulk, tweeted Boseman’s death contributes to the growing list of tragedies in 2020.”What a man, and what an immense talent,” Ruffalo tweeted. “Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.”

CNN’s Lisa Respers France, Andy Rose and Jon Passantino contributed to this report.
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