Chadwick Boseman, the star actor of Black Panther, has died of colon cancer.
This was announced on his Twitter handle in the early hours of Saturday, 29th August.
According to the tweet, the actor had been battling with colon cancer since it was diagnosed in 2016 at stage three. The post also said the cancer later progressed to stage four.
The post on his Twitter handle.Boseman, 43, worked on a number of films and TV shows over the last two decades, including 42 where he portrayed iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson, James Brown in Get on Up, and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, but he was best known for his role as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Boseman first took on the role as T’Challa in Marvel’s 2016 film, Captain America: Civil War, before starring in his own Black Panther film in 2018.
“He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages,” Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios said.
A statement by the family also said he died at home, peacefully, with his family by his side.
Tributes have continued to pour in from many of his colleagues, friends, fans and family.
Chris Pratt, also known as Star Lord in the Marvel Universe, said: “My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul.”
Samuel L. Jackson also said of him: ” THANK YOU Chadwick Boseman for all you gave us. We needed it and will always cherish it! A talented and giving artist and brother who will solely be missed. RIP.”
Fellow Marvel Universe star, Mark Ruffalo, who also plays Hulk, said:”#ChadwickBoseman”