Chadwick Boseman, the man who brought “Black Panther” to life, bid his goodbye.
The actor has been battling colon cancer since 2016 and died at home with his family and wife by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account. He was 43, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said in a statement.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” it added.
“It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther.’”
Boseman was diagnosed with colon c4ncer four years ago, his family said in a statement, which was posted on Boseman’s Instagram Friday.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” they wrote.
“The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
For his Black Panther family, Boseman, who played the title character in the groundbreaking 2018 Marvel movie, was also a colleague and a friend. As the news of his d3’ath began to sink in, his Black Panther co-stars started posting tributes to the fallen hero.
Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Boseman’s career first exploded with his portrayals of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”).
Although Boseman never spoke publicly about his diagnosis, he worked through his treatment for much of his career.
Goodbye Black Panther!
Our prayers for the bereaved family.