Actor Chadwick Boseman who played several black icons role like Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding recognition and fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic universe dies of Cancer at the age of 43.
Nicki Fioravante told the associated press that Boseman died in his los Angeles home with his wife and family by his side. He was diagnosed with Colon cancer about 4 years ago.
“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 honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” said his family.
Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. He got his first television role in 2003, in an episode of Third Watch. His first starring role came in the 2013 sports drama 42, in which he played the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson.
Boseman played another Black icon, judge Thurgood Marshall, in a 2017 biopic. He had signed on to appear as Black Panther in a sequel. I hope people will watch this movie and see the hero in themselves. Even if it’s a white person who sees it, if they can see a Black character and identify with them, it changes a little bit about how our society is,” he had said in an interview about T’Challa.
Boseman’s last tweet came on August 12. He had congratulated Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on her nomination.
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