LOS ANGELES :
AMERICAN actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his titular superhero role in “Black Panther” and as baseball icon Jackie Robinson in “42”, has died after a four-year-long secret battle with colon cancer. He was 43. In a statement posted on his official Twitter handle, the actor’s family said, Boseman was diagnosed with the disease in 2016. He passed away at his residence here with his wife and family by his side.
“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 honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther’,” they added. The family thanked fans and well-wishers while requesting for privacy in these “difficult times”. Born in South Carolina to African-Americans Carolyn and Leroy Boseman, the actor studied at Howard University and graduated with a degree in directing.