‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dead at 43

Black Panther star Actor Chadwick Boseman has died of cancer, his representative said. He was 43.

His publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press that Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side.

Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement. He had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.

“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. “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.”

Boseman played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe.

Boseman was born in South Carolina and graduated from Howard University. He had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013.

“His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013′s “42” drew attention in Hollywood and made him a star,” The Washington Post reported, adding that “Boseman died on a day that Major League Baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson day.”

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