Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played King T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Panther has passed away at the age of 43, after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
His death was confirmed via his official Twitter account: “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.”
According to the statement, Chadwick was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016. He never spoke publicly about his illness and continued working – “during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy” – on acclaimed films like 2017’s “Marshall” based on Black American icon, NCAAP lawyer and future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama “Da 5 Bloods,” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” a feature adaptation of the August Wilson play, directed by George C. Wolfe.
It added that it was “the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
He is survived by his wife and family.
He was indeed, a true fighter. Rest in peace, your majesty.