Black Panther star died after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP Friday.
Boseman continued to work in countless films after the knowing about the cancer. He never publically discussed about the battling with cancer. But he worked in movies after knowing the truth of his life.
His family said in a statement.
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther,'” they said. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all,” the statement added.
Boseman became the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the record-breaking Marvel franchise with 2018’s “Black Panther.”
The movie, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.
Earlier in his career, Boseman played black icons Jackie Robinson in “42” — today, ironically, was Jackie Robinson Day in the US — and James Brown in “Get on Up.”
The news of Boseman’s death sent shockwaves through Hollywood and around the world.
“The true power of @chadwickboseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen,” wrote Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes.”
Leading US civil rights organization the NAACP praised Boseman for “showing us how to conquer adversity with grace” and “to walk as a King, without losing the common touch.”
“#RestInPower #BlackPantherForever,” its tweet concluded.
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