Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T’Challa in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ movie, has died at the age of 43…
Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.
The actor who portrayed King T’Challa in several Marvel movies, most notably in “Black Panther” passed away after a four year long battle with colon cancer according to his representatives.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” Boseman’s representatives posted on Twitter. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last four 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 filled 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.”
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Born in South Carolina, Bozeman eventually attended Howard University where he pursued directing. In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles to begin pursuing his own acting career.
Bozeman starred in several television and film roles before landing the part to play Jackie Robinson in the biopic “42.”
In 2016, Bozeman landed the role to portray King T’Challa aka the Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War,” which eventually led to starring in his own feature film “Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler.
“Black Panther” was eventually nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. It was the first time a superhero movie had ever been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.
Bozeman received rave reviews for his portrayal as King T’Challa and a sequel for “Black Panther’ was ordered almost immediately after the success of the first film.
Bozeman reprised his role as Black Panther in both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” before going onto star in “21 Bridges” and “Da 5 Bloods,” which was the last film released prior to his death.
Boseman is survived by his wife.