American actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for starring in the Marvel superhero film ‘Black Panther’, has died of cancer at the age of 43, his family confirmed this Friday.
Boseman has been battling colon cancer for four years. Boseman died in his home with his wife and family by his side.
“Like a real fighter, Chadwick has endured it all and brought you many of the films that you loved so much,” said his family. “They were all filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
The actor played historical figures such as the first African American to play Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson in “42” and radio musician James Brown in “Get on Up”.
But it was his role as King T’Challa in the blockbuster “Black Panther” that his family saw as “the honor of his life”. The film was a huge box office hit and was viewed as a turning point for portrayal in Hollywood.