“Black Panther” star and Howard University alumnus Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43. The actor has been in a four-year battle with stage III colon cancer since 2016. It slowly progressed to stage IV.
The news was shared using the actor’s social media accounts Friday evening.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement read. “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,” it concluded. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
The actor’s very last Instagram post was celebratory as he expressed joy over Kamala Harris being chosen as the democratic vice-presidential nominee.
Boseman’s acting career is one for the history books. Over the years, people got to know Boseman in iconic Black roles, from Jackie Robinson in “42“ (2013) to James Brown in “Get on Up” (2014) to Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall” (2017).
Boseman’s biggest career break came in 2018 when he lead the diverse cast in the historic Marvel box office smash hit, “Black Panther.” The success of the film led to an Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category, becoming the first superhero movie to receive one. The superhero hit managed to score up seven Oscar nominations total, including Best Original Song and Best Original Score.