Actor Chadwick Boseman has died of colon cancer at the age of 42 years old. Boseman’s passing was announced via his social media accounts earlier this evening.
Here’s the full text of the post:
It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. 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 honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Boseman has played numerous historical figures, including Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson. In comic book circles he’s best known for having portrayed King T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. In addition to acting, Boseman was also a playwright, director, and producer.
The news of Boseman’s passing is shocking, and absolutely gutting. He was a wonderful performer, and following his success as Black Panther he did extensive work for charities supporting children and the Black community.
The Beat’s thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Chadwick Boseman. He will be sorely missed.
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