Chadwick Boseman lost the battle with cancer. The star from “Black Panther” died in her early 40s. The US actor had kept his illness a secret from the public.
The actor Chadwick Boseman died of complications from colon cancer at the age of 43. Relatives of the American confirmed a corresponding report by the AP news agency on social media. Boseman died in the presence of his wife and family at his home near Los Angeles.
The star from “Black Panther” was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, according to a statement on Boseman’s Instagram profile. He has fought the disease for the past four years. “As a true fighter, Chadwick has stood the test of time and has brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.” Boseman had never spoken publicly about his illness.
In many productions in recent years, Boseman had already undergone countless operations and chemotherapies or had to endure them meanwhile, the statement said. The greatest honor in his career was, however, to mime King T’Challa in “Black Panther”.
The science fiction action movie with Boseman in the lead role, produced by Marvel Studios, was released in theaters in February 2018 and became a huge success worldwide. The film made more than a billion dollars in the box office. Boseman became the first black superhero in Marvel Studios history. The “Wakanda Forever” greeting became his trademark. His character appeared in various Marvel productions on the side of the “Avengers”.
He also played black icons like baseball player Jackie Robinson in “42” and musician James Brown in “Get on Up”. Most recently he was in “Da 5 Bloods” directed by Spike Lee. A sequel to “Black Panther” was planned for 2022.