Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with wife and family by his side
Chadwick Boseman died Friday at the age of 43, according to AP. The actor, who starred in Marvel’s Black Panther and Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods, was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016.
“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 in the statement.
“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 honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013’s 42 drew attention in Hollywood.
The news comes as a shock to the public since the actor had never spoken about his cancer diagnosis. His passing also just so happens to have happened on the same day the MLB was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. Every baseball player wore a 42 on their uniform today in honor of the famed Brooklyn Dodgers icon, who became the first African American to be in the Major League. Chadwick took on the role in 2013, before embodying Marvel’s most groundbreaking big-screen move since the MCU began.
Chadwick Boseman finished work on his film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom last summer, a film adaptation of the August Wilson play, also starring Viola Davis and is expected to be released in 2020. He was gearing up to make his fifth big-screen appearance as T’Challa in Black Panther II, which was expected in summer of 2022. He had also signed on to play 16th Century warrior Yasuke in _Yasuke.
Tributes online and from his peers in Hollywood have begun pouring in.