Actor and star of the revolutionary Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chadwick Boseman, has passed away at the age of 43.
Boseman had been battling colon cancer for the past four years, his family confirmed in a statement posted on Chadwick’s Twitter. “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,” the statement read.
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
The family confirmed that Chadwick passed away at home, with his wife and family by his side.
Chadwick worked on many films which served to reflect and celebrate the African American experience. His role as soul icon, James Brown, in Get On Up, has been widely lauded. Black Panther is considered revolutionary in its portrayal of Black superheroes.
“Boseman’s Panther became an icon for children of color, coming at a time when representation was only just beginning to become a priority in Hollywood,” The Hollywood Reporter writes.