Chadwick Boseman Dies: Star Of “Black Panther’ Succumbs To Cancer At 43

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

He kept his diagnosis quiet from the public. He died at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family present, according to his publicist.

Boseman 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 Wakanda, took his stardom to the stratosphere.


 

Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement. “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. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. He attended Howard University, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing. He attended the British American Drama Academy in London as a postgrad, thanks to the help of Phylicia Rashad, one of his teachers at Howard. Upon returning to the US, he attended the Digital Film Academy in New York.-Deadline.com

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