Black Panther iconic actor Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer aged 42.
Boseman who was diagnosed of stage three colon cancer four years ago died at his Los Angeles, California home with his family by his side.
A family statement announcing his death said that the famous Marvel films star fought the deadly disease while he filmed several successful movies, juggling between chemotherapies and surgeries.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” read a family statement.
“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more- all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
The Wakanda Forever icon persevered through the disease as he filmed the most successful Marvel movies franchise Black Panther which was released two years ago.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
His famous ‘Wakanda Forever’ salute became an instant anthem and spread across the world like fire.
Boseman did not openly talk about his colon cancer diagnosis in public.
The star was born in South Carolina and went to on to graduate from Howard University.
He landed his first major role in 2013 where his role as Major League Baseball star Harrison Ford brought him stardom and from then on became a Hollywood favourite.
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020
Kenya’s Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o acted alongside Boseman in Black Panther.
While the world is still shocked on the sudden news of his passing, condolences are streaming in on social media.
Actor and director Jordan Peele said on twitter “This is a crushing blow”.
“This broke me,” said actor and writer Issa Rae.