‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer

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Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman has died of colon cancer at 43. His family has said in a statement. The actor had been fighting cancer for four years.

The actor had been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016. “He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side,” the statement said.

Boseman became a home name after performing as the Marvel superhero Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and then in director Ryan Coogler’s 2018 film, which went on to gross over $1.3 billion worldwide. He followed it up with two more appearances as the character in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Early Life of Chadwick Boseman

Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. He got his first television role in 2003, in an episode of Third Watch. His first role came in the 2013 sports drama 42, in which he played the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. Boseman played another Black role, judge Thurgood Marshall, in a 2017 biopic.

Boseman’s last tweet came on August 12. He had praised Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on her nomination.

“In power. Eternally in power,” Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins wrote on Twitter.

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson also offered condolences. “Crushed. It’s hard not to despair right now,” he wrote.