Gone too soon. Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman died at the age of 43, following a four-year battle with colon cancer. The heartbreaking news about his untimely passing was confirmed via his official Twitter account on Friday, August 28.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” the statement began. “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.”
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side,” the statement concluded. “The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
In the wake of his death, several fans have taken to social media to celebrate his life and legacy while mourning that he is no longer with us. “Chadwick touched a lot of hearts. He will never be forgotten. I remember Twitter could not stop talking about how GREAT he is,” one grieving social media user wrote.
The performer became a household name after his incredible performance in Black Panther, and he later revealed how important it was for him to show the strength and bravery of his character, as well as live up to the role.
Bosewick opened up about the pressure he felt during an interview with The Guardian in 2018, noting most of it he put on himself. “It’s not like it’s actually coming from outside,” he shared.
“I think we all placed that pressure on ourselves with this because we knew what the opportunity was,” the Marvel icon continued. “Everyone knew this was something that had not been done before. So you have to get it right. It’s a big movie and a big investment has been placed in you. You wanna accomplish something because it might not happen again. Everyone felt that.”
Our thoughts are with the Boseman family during this difficult time.
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