American actor Chadwick Boseman, star of the hit superhero movie “Black Panther,” has died of colon cancer, as his family announced Friday.
This was reported by his publicist Nicki Fioravante on his social networks and confirmed to the agency France Presse. Boseman, 43, was the lead actor in the superhero movie Black Panther.
“It was an honor for his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther, ” the statement read. Boseman passed away at home with his family in Los Angeles.
The actor died at his home in Los Angeles accompanied by his wife and family.
Boseman for once, never spoke publicly about his illness, diagnosed in 2016.
His fans sometime expressed concern for his health status seeing him visibly thinner in his latest appearances.
” A true fighter . Chadwick persevered and participated in many of the films that you all enjoyed so much,” his family said in a statement.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
” Chadwick was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016 and has struggled with it for the past four years colon cancer pass on to stage four,” the statement reported. Also, Boseman participated in the films Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Boseman portrayed Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player to play in the Major Leagues, at 42 and soul singer James Brown in Get on Up . The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences called Boseman’s death “an immeasurable loss.”
The success of “Black Panther”
However, Boseman will always be remembered above all for leading the cast of Black Panther (2018), the first film to star a black superhero and the first comic book-based film to earn a best picture nomination at the Oscars.
The story takes place in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, which boasts the most advanced technology in the world.
The film has been praised by both critics and viewers and has cost more than $1 billion worldwide.
It was also seen as a cultural milestone by its cast of black actors and actresses and director Ryan Coogler.
Boseman said last year that the film had changed what it meant to be “young, black and talented.”
By embodying King T’Challa, he has taken part in other films of the Marvel universe, such as Captain America (“Captain America”) or Avengers (“The Avengers”).
It was also seen as a cultural landmark by its cast of black actors and actresses, as well as the director, Ryan Coogler.
Boseman said last year that the film had changed what it means to be “young, black and talented.”
By embodying King T’Challa , he participated in other films of the Marvel universe such as Captain America (“Captain America”) or Avengers (“The Avengers”).
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
“Thank you for shining your light on us and sharing your talent with the world,” wrote actor Dwayne Johnson.
Among the many messages of condolences and affection for the actor, some of the prominent political figures in the United States also stood out, such as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris.
“Heartbroken. My friend and partner Bison Chadwick Boseman was bright, cultured, and humble. He left early but his life made a difference.”
This Friday, on social networks, many people echoed the famous greeting referred to with the hashtag: #WakandaForever. Wakanda forever.