The US actor, best known as the black panther, died of cancer at the age of 43. Chadwick was fighting with stage III of colon cancer since 2016. The sudden death news has stunned his fans and film industry.
Boseman was born in 1976, in South Carolina. At the start of his career, he was famous for his portrayal of real-life figures. The example includes James Brown in “Get on Up,” Jackie Robinson in “42,” and Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.”
He rose to superstardom 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.
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 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.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement.
“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.”
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020