Legendary Marvel star, Chadwick Boseman, has died after a hard-fought battle with cancer that he had never discussed with the public. The “Black Panther” actor’s family released a statement Friday evening, shocking fans around the world who learned that the actor was dealing with the illness.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” a message from his family read. Boseman’s family revealed the details of his illness, explaining that, “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”
Fighting Until The End
The statement also revealed that Boseman was continuing to push through and work while dealing with treatment for colon cancer:
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. 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.”
Boseman’s family also touched on the famed Marvel franchise, letting fans know that, “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.” As for the final details of his passing, Boseman’s family revealed he died at his home with his wife and family by his side.
The statement concludes, “The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina and later attended college at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Along with his iconic role of King T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” Boseman is known for playing roles of real-life historical figures. Boseman portrayed Jackie Robinson in “42,” James Brown in “Get On Up,” and Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.”
Back in 2018, Boseman told ET Canada how important it was for people, especially children, to see a Black superhero on the big screen.
Boseman made it happen, and we will be forever thankful.