Chadwick Boseman has died from cancer at the age of 43. He will be missed!
I come to you with great sadness to announce the death of Marvel star, Chadwick Boseman.
He has reportedly been battling colon cancer since 2016.
On August 28th, 2020, he succumbed to his illness and passed away at his home with his family and wife by his side. He was 43.
Boseman's publicist, Nicki Fioravante, released a statement on Twitter regarding the actor's death.
"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much," the statement said.
"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."
"Chadwick's passing is absolutely devastating," said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel, in a statement. "He was our T'Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family."
Walt Disney Co. chairman Bob Iger said, "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. 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."
Boseman's death came as a shock to many, but fans began raising concerns regarding his health earlier this year due to his massive weight loss.
Chadwick Boseman's career really came to light during his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42, and soul singer James Brown in 2014's Get on Up. But it was in 2018 when he starred as Black Panther when his career shot through the roof. Black Panther went on to gross $1.3 billion US dollars worldwide, and according to Boseman, it had changed what it means to be "young, gifted and black".
May he RIP!