Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43.
Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.
"It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick preserved 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, are all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honour of his careers to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and ask that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficulty time".
Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
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