Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther movie, died of colon cancer at 43.
Confirming the news of his death, the actor’s family revealed that Chadwick Boseman battled cancer for four years – the actor never publicly discussed his medical condition.
“It was the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” read a part of the family statement. Following the news of his death, social media has been deluged by tributes for the Black Panther star, with heartfelt condolences pouring in from Chadwick Boseman’s Avengers movie co-stars.
“All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of Chadwick Boseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King,” tweeted Mark Ruffalo, who features as Hulk in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.
Boseman was born in South Carolina and began his acting career in television roles.
He rose to prominence playing real-life figures, such as baseball great Jackie Robinson and soul singer James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up. But it is his performance as superhero Black Panther for which he is best remembered.
In the 2018 blockbuster of the same name, Boseman stars as the ruler of Wakanda, a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on Earth