Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dead at 43

By Alexandra Heilbron on August 29, 2020 | 9 Comments

Chadwick Boseman dies at 43Chadwick Boseman, who rose to fame playing Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013) and James Brown in Get On Up (2014) before starring in the title role in the Marvel film Black Panther (2018), died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his wife and family. He was 43 years old.

Boseman had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, but never spoke publicly about it. He continued to work steadily after his diagnosis, playing Black Panther in two more Marvel/Avenger films, as well as starring in films such as Marshall (2017) and 21 Bridges (2019), serving as producer as well for the latter film.

A statement was posted to his official Twitter page (see full post above), that read in part:

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

“It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.

“The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

Boseman is survived by his wife, singer Taylor Simone Ledward, his parents, Carolyn and Leroy Boseman and two older brothers, Derrick and Kevin. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Cindy • August 29, 2020 @ 12:24 AM

    I literally cannot believe this. He was one of my favourite actors, even since I saw him in 42. RIP Chadwick, you will be greatly missed.

  2. Ross Murray • August 29, 2020 @ 10:24 AM

    Another awful event in a truly awful year. Condolences and best wishes to Mr Boseman’s family and friends. Thanks to him for a wonderful, unfortunately small, legacy in film.

  3. nanci myers • August 29, 2020 @ 1:57 PM

    What a tragic event. A beautiful, talented young man.
    Everyone should do a simple test to do a check-up every so often. It can be caught often but it’s sneaky in young people.

  4. Ive Chubb • August 29, 2020 @ 4:02 PM

    He was such a strong actor. God be with his family and thank you for sharing him with us.

  5. Jo'Ann Caban • August 30, 2020 @ 10:41 PM

    R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman you will be missed .WAKANDA FOREVER.

  6. Elizabeth Covington • August 31, 2020 @ 12:03 AM

    So Sorry for your and our loss he will be truly missed in the industry also by his fans we are devastated that we lost Our one and only King Of Wakanda Forever…

  7. CDubya • August 31, 2020 @ 12:50 PM

    The shock is still here. It’s and odd coincidence he passed away at the age of 43 on Jackie Robinson Day! So talented. Of course people will remember him playing Jackie, James and T’Challa as his legacy is cemented on film forever. An immense talent which was just skyrocketing! Rest In Power, King. 🙁

  8. Frank • August 31, 2020 @ 2:28 PM

    What an amazing celebrity, that he never told anyone. Didn’t go on the cover of People to talk about it, just quietly kept working and living his life.

  9. Jackie • August 31, 2020 @ 3:52 PM

    He’ll be greatly missed. A fantastic actor, he had so much charisma on the screen.

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