Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies aged 43 from colon cancer

Chadwick Boseman has died aged 43 from colon cancer.

The iconic Black Panther star’s family confirmed that the actor had been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer four years ago, and that it had progressed to stage four.

Chadwick died with his wife Taylor and his family by his side.

The actor’s family confirmed the devastating news on Instagram, with a statement reading: ‘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. 

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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. ⁣ ⁣ Photo Credit: @samjonespictures

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‘It was the honour 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’s colleagues, peers and fans have been left stunned by his death, with stars taking to social media to honour the man who played Marvel’s T’Challa.

Oprah Winfrey commented: ‘What a gentle gifted SOUL. Showing us all that Greatness in between surgeries and chemo. The courage, the strength the Power it takes to do that. I’m in shock and awe’, while Kim Kardashian tweeted a picture of the actor in Black Panther and wrote: ‘Rest peacefully.’

Batman star Zoe Saldana wrote: ‘The classiest avenger and most quiet warrior. My heart is heavy right now. I wished I had the courage to tell you how your performance of T’Challa was the best portrayal of a King I had ever seen. Rest in Power and Grace Brother. My sons will know your name forever!;

Halle Berry tweeted: ‘Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles. You never truly know what the people around you might be going through – treat them with kindness and cherish every minute you have together. RIP #ChadwickBoseman.’

And his Marvel co-star Tom Holland wrote on Instagram: ‘Chadwick, you were even more of a hero off screen than on. A role model not only to me on set, but to millions of others around the world. You brought joy and happiness to so many and I’m proud to have been able to call you a friend. RIP Chadwick.’

Captain America star Chris Evans said he was ‘absolutely devastated’, writing: ‘This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. Few performers have such power and versatility. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in power, King.’

Boseman earned acclaim in Hollywood with his portrayal of real-life figures on screen, including Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42 – the star died on Jackie Robinson Day – James Brown in Get On Up, and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.

However, it was his portrayal of T’Challa, aka Black Panther, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that saw him immortalised in comic book history.

Chadwick played the hero in 2018’s Black Panther, which earned him an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and went on to reprise the role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

He was set to play T’Challa in Black Panther 2, which was slated for release in 2022.

Last year, Boseman also starred in 21 Bridges, while his last film saw him play ‘Stormin’ Norm’ in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods. 

Before his death, he had filmed the drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.  

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