Chadwick Boseman Dies: ‘Black Panther’ Star Succumbs To Cancer At age 43


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Chadwick Boseman, who was the star of the enormously successful Marvel film Black Panther, has died of colon cancer at age 43.

The 43-Year-old kept his diagnosis and four-year struggle against the disease quiet from the public. Boseman died Friday at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family present, according to his publicist.

He also played the roles of baseball icon Jackie Robinson and music superstar James Brown during his career. But his role as the Black Panther, the king of the mythical African land of Wakanda, took his stardom to the stratosphere.

Disney’s Bob Iger also issued a statement mourning Boseman.

“We are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman — an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met.  He brought enormous strength, dignity, and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther; shattering myths and stereotypes, becoming a long-awaited hero to millions around the world, and inspiring us all to dream bigger and demand more than the status quo.

Disney’s Bob Iger also issued a statement mourning Boseman.

“We mourn all that he was, as well as everything he was destined to become.  For his friends and millions of fans, his absence from the screen is only eclipsed by his absence from our lives.  All of us at Disney send our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family.”

the super talented actor was born and raised in Anderson, SC, and later attended Howard University. He graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing. He then attended drama school in London before returning to the U.S.

In 2008 He moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. His first TV role came in 2003, an episode of Third Watch. He went on to appear in such series as Law & Order, CSI: NY and ER. In 2008, he played a recurring role on the series Lincoln Heights, and appeared in his first film, The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. 

Boseman also appeared in 2019’s 21 Bridges, an action thriller directed by Brian Kirk, and Spike Lee’s 2020 war drama film Da 5 Bloods, released in June via Netflix. Black Panther 2 was tentatively scheduled for May 2022 and was in early developement.

Reactions to the stunning death of the young star took over social media.

“This is a crushing blow” actor and director Jordan Peele said on Twitter, one of many expressing shock as the news spread across social media.

“This broke me,” said actor and writer Issa Rae.

His family posted on his official Twitter account:

Source: https://deadline.com


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