Chadwick Boseman, a celebrated actor known for starring in films such as “Black Panther” and “21 Bridges,” has passed away at age 43.
Friday on Twitter, a statement was posted to Boseman’s official account, revealing that the screen star passed away from colon cancer after receiving a diagnosis in 2016.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” it stated. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”
During this time, Boseman filmed movies such as “Marshall” and “Da 5 Bloods” while also undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy.
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther,’” the statement said about Boseman’s groundbreaking role in the Marvel superhero film.
Boseman’s representative also said that he passed away at his home with his wife and family by his side.
“The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” it concluded.
Born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, Boseman attended Howard University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing.
After he got his first television role in 2003, in an episode of “Third Watch,” Boseman appeared in nine episodes of the ABC family drama “Lincoln Heights” from 2008 to 2009.
In 2013, Boseman portrayed legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson in the acclaimed biopic, “42.”
His final film, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” is currently in post-production.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Boseman’s family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.