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Chadwick Boseman Star In Black Panther Is Dead

Chadwick Boseman died Friday at the age of 43, according to the Associated Press. The actor, who starred in Marvel’s Black Panther and Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods, was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in 2016.

His publicist Nicki Fioravante informed AP that he died in his home at Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side Boseman had never spoken publicly about his battling with cancer.

true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” reads a statement from his family. “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. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Born in 1976 in South Carolina, Boseman was initially known for his portrayal of real-life figures like James Brown in Get on Up, Jackie Robinson in 42 and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. He rose to superstardom when cast as Black Panther in numerous movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Avengers: Endgame; Captain America: Civil War; and Black Panther — a groundbreaking comic book movie that scored seven nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including Best Picture. null

But beyond the awards and the billion dollar box office gross, Black Panther and Chadwick Boseman helped usher in an era of better representation in comic book movies, and in Hollywood more broadly. 

Most recently he starred in Da 5 Bloods, a drama directed by Spike Lee, playing Norman Earl Holloway, a freedom fighter in the Vietnam war.

Tributes from fans and from peers in Hollywood and beyond poured in Friday night. “A deeply gifted man is gone too soon,” Mark Hamill tweeted. “His memory will blaze on fiercely… from here to eternity.” Wrote actor Mike Colter, “You were a king on and off screen.”

The world has indeed lost a great person. May his soul rest in peace

Source: Cnet news

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