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.


  1. An awful, shocking loss. I expected to follow him through a long career, like a Paul Newman or a Clint Eastwood. He has that sort of movie star charisma.

    Please, fans, wait until he’s buried before you start yammering about who should replace him in BLACK PANTHER 2.

  2. Thank you George! I was disgusted that some sites were having articles and speculating about BP2 within literally 2 hours of the death announcement. If Chadwick didn’t film anything for it, I don’t think they should do anything or re-cast it. Chadwick Boseman’s death is simply too tragic considering the range of his talent.. he’s like in Valentino and James Dean territory now, dying at the height of his powers. :(

    That being said, didn’t he voice T’Challa for the animated ‘What If?’- so we have that performance to still look forward to.

  3. Yes, he voiced T’Challa for “What If?,” which is coming next year. He also acted in a Netflix movie, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which is in post-production.

  4. I wish more people had thought better of the BP2 chatter, but as the internet and social media have repeatedly shown us, people don’t think before posting whatever comes to their minds at any given time. There are exceptions, but they’re few and far between. Echoing condolences to his family and friends.

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