Marvel's Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has died, age 43.
A statement posted on his Twitter account on Friday (August 28) shared the tragic news that the T'Challa actor had passed away following a battle with stage IV colon cancer.
"It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman," the statement read. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV."
His family's statement continued that "it was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther" within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in his own solo film as well as Captain America: Civil War and the last two Avengers movies.
"He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side," the statement said.
While there had been some speculation in the press about Boseman's health in the year before his passing, the actor and his family chose to keep his cancer battle private until now.
Prior to his passing, he had worked with Viola Davis on the August Wilson Adaptation Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – in what is believed to have been his final screen appearance.
He was also scheduled to star in Marvel's Black Panther 2, with a release date projected for May 6, 2022. It's not clear yet what will happen with that film.
Among the other memorable credits in Boseman's career were playing real-life figures, including pioneering baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42, soul singer James Brown in Get On Up and US Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.
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