Acclaimed actor Chadwick Bosman has died at the age of 43 after a secret battle with colon cancer.
The star played American baseball player Jackie Robinson in 422, iconic musician James Brown and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Get-Up and 2017’s Marshall in a series of biographical plays.
He is perhaps best known for his performance as the Marvel superhero Black Panther, also known as Tichalla, the king of a fictional African nation known as Wakanda, and a member of the Avengers team.
Bosman played the character in four outings, starring in the 2016 Captain America: Civil War and the single Black Panther, and two Avengers crossovers.
Black Panther made history as the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as grossing more than 1 1 billion at the worldwide box office.
This year, Spike Lee’s latest feature was Bosman’s main role in Da5Bloods, which told the story of a veteran leader of the Vietnam War and their fallen leader.
A statement posted on his Twitter page revealed that the actor was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which progressed to stage IV.
He kept his battle private and continued to work throughout his treatment, a remarkable demonstration of his determination and commitment to his craft.
– Chadwick Bosman (@ShadwickBossman) August 29, 2020
“A true warrior, Chadwick persevered in all of this and brought you all the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said.
“From Marshall to Da 5 Blood, August Wilson’s mother Rainy’s Black Bottom and many more, all were filmed during and between the countless surgeries and chemotherapy.
“The honor of his career is to bring King T’Challa to life in the Black Panther.
“He died at his home, along with his wife and family. The family thanks you for your love and prayers and asks you to continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. “
News of Boseman’s death began to pay homage from the outset, as many of his fans and artists suffered such horrific losses.