US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing ‘Black Panther’ in the hit Marvel superhero franchise, has died of cancer, his family say.
The 43-year-old died at his home in Los Angeles with his family by his side. Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.”A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said”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.”Although it will be as the titular Black Panther in the blockbuster 2018 film he will be best remembered.
Boseman stars as the ruler of Wakanda, a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on earth. Boseman said last year that the film had changed what it means to be “young, gifted and black”.
Black Panther was the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture at the Oscars. He also played the same role in other Marvel films Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. The announcement will come as a shock to many as Boseman never discussed his 2016 diagnosis publicly.However, fans started raising concerns over his health this year due to noticeable weight loss.Tributes have already begun for the actor, including from actor Mark Ruffalo and director Jordan Peele, who tweeted; “This is a crushing blow”.
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.