‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43

Chadwick Boseman, the star who shot to fame playing the leading role in Black Panther, has died of colon cancer. He was 43.

His publicist Nicki Firavante confirmed that the actor died at his Los Angeles home with his wife and family by his side.

According to his family, Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. He never spoke 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 in a statement to the Associated Press. “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.

Of course, the actor’s talent was evident in roles like Jackie Robinson in 42, where he played Jackie, the first Black man to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, and in Get on Up as James Brown, the Godfather of Soul who blazed several trails in funk music in the later 20th century.

He will be missed. Rest in peace, Chadwick.