American actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role in “Black Panther”, has died after a four-year-long secret battle with colon cancer. He was 43.
In a statement posted on his official Twitter handle, the actor’s family said he was diagnosed with the disease in 2016.
He passed away at his residence with his wife and family by his side.
“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,” they added.
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. — Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios
Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse… A deeply gifted man is gone too soon. His memory will blaze on fiercely… from here to eternity. — Mark Hamill
This brother right here. Wow. No words. This life. — Jeffrey Wright, The Batman actor.
When Ryan Coogler first introduced the cast of Black Panther at ComicCon in 2016, I was on the floor in the dark watching, crying, knowing that I was witnessing cinema history. I felt such hope. To lose Chadwick Boseman now, in these times, is just unspeakablly sad. — Scott Derrickson, director of Doctor Strange.
I met Chadwick the day Stan put his hand and footprints into the Chinese Theater Forecourt. He was nice and a little nervous, but very regal – like T’challa. And so talented. This is heartbreaking. 43 is too to die. My heart goes out to his family and fellow fans tonight. — Kevin Smith, director of Clerks.
The family thanked his fans and well-wishers for their best wishes and requested for privacy in these “difficult times”.
Chadwick Boseman was best known for playing superhero king T’Challa aka Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was last seen in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods”, which released on Netflix in June this year.