Chadwick 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
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