Chadwick Boseman, known for his role as King T’Chall in the Marvel film “Black Panther”, died after a four-year battle with cancer, according to a post on his Twitter account. The post said that the actor, who also played black icons such as James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson, died at home with his wife and family.
Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in the third stage in 2016 and, according to the study, advanced to the fourth stage. He was 43 years old, according to the Associated Press.
“A true warrior, Chadwick persevered and brought you many of the movies you loved so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Day by August Wilson and a few others, all made during countless films, including operations and chemotherapy, “states in the article.
The post added that it was “an honor of his career” to play in King T’Chall’s “Black Panther”. In August 2019, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler announced that Black Panther 2 would be released in May 2022.
According to the Associated Press, Boseman did not publicly announce his fight against cancer.
The governor of South Carolina, where Boseman was born, said on Saturday that he had ordered the state building’s flags to be reduced to half on Sunday to “honor the life, contributions and memory of a truly extraordinary son, South Carolina.”
Boseman graduated from Howard University and in the early 2000s starred in various television programs. According to the IMDB, he starred in the 2013 film “42” as Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play in Major League Baseball.
From there, he continued in major roles as James Brown in the 2014 film “Get On Up”, Andre Davis in the 2019 film “21 Bridges” and Stormin Norman in this year’s film “Da 5 Bloods”.
His death came on the day Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson’s Day, usually on April 15.
Major League Baseball tweeted that “his transcendental performance at” 42 “will stand the test of time and will serve as a powerful means of telling Jackie’s story to viewers for future generations.”
Fans and colleagues shared reports of grief online.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay published a photo of Wakanda’s ancestral plane from the movie “Black Panther”, in which she told Boseman: “May you return beautifully, King. We will miss you so much. ”
Marvel Studio tweeted a photo of Boseman dressed in a costume for his iconic role and wrote: “Our hearts are broken. … Your heritage will live forever. ”
The company also tweeted a series of photographs of Boseman from the Marvel sets and his fellow performers.
Chris Evans, who starred in Marvel’s “Avengers” alongside Boseman, tweeted that he was “absolutely devastated” and that Boseman’s death was “heartbreaking.”
“Chadwick was weird. A real original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He still had so many amazing works to create,” Evans said. “I am infinitely grateful for our friendship.”
Democratic candidate for vice president Kamala Harris posted a photo of her and Boseman on Twitter, saying she was “heartbroken.” The last tweet of Boseman before his death was a photo of him and Harris, which encouraged people to vote.
“My friend and colleague Bison Chadwick Boseman was excellent, kind, learned and humble,” she wrote. “He left too soon, but his life changed.”
She also attended Howard University, whose mascot is a bison.