‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman has died of colon cancer at 43.
He died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press news agency.
Doctors diagnosed Chadwick Boseman with colon cancer four years ago, his family also said in a statement.
“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 – he filmed all 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 had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis. He left behind a wife and a parent. Meanwhile, he has no child, Fioravante said.
The news of Chadwick Boseman’s death prompted an outpouring of grief on social media.
So, here are 5 things Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and other Hollywood celebrities said about Chadwick Boseman’s death.
1. A big blow:
“This is a crushing blow,” actor and director Jordan Peele said on Twitter.
2. Feeling shattered:
“This broke me,” actor and writer Issa Rae said in addition.
3. A true original left:
And so, Captain America actor Chris Evans called Boseman “a true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create.”
4. Inspiration is gone:
Moreover, Joe Biden tweeted that Boseman “inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want – even super heroes”.
5. Rest In Power:
Boseman’s Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo tweeted: “Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. The Lord loves you. Rest in power, King.”
Finally, leading US civil rights organisation the NAACP praised Boseman for “showing us how to conquer adversity with grace” and “to walk as a King, without losing the common touch”.
“#RestInPower #BlackPantherForever,” its tweet concluded.