Chadwick Boseman who bought king T’challa to life in the Blockbuster Black Panther died of colon cancer on Friday.
Chadwick Boseman first came to notice playing real-life icons -baseball great Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, and musician James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up. The world witnessed Chadwick’s dedication and success when he got hit with the full weight of the love and enthusiasm surrounding T’Challa in regal Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Chadwick Boseman died at his home in Los Angeles, California with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said on Friday.
Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” said a statement posted to his Twitter feed. “
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,”
“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.”
Many stars have also begun pouring in the tributes including from actors Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson and director Jordan Peele.
He was the youngest of all the siblings and raised in Anderson South Carolina, by his mother who worked as a nurse and his father who worked in a textile factory. Chadwick studied directing at Howard University, where he was mentored by Phylicia Rashad.
Boseman’s first starring film role came in 42, the film bio of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in major league baseball. The role came just as he was considering moving to directing as his full-time career focus.
That role launched a string of bigger pictures. Boseman appeared with Kevin Costner in NFL saga Draft Day, then portrayed soul singer James Brown in Get On Up. He also appeared in 2016 as an Egyptian diety in the film Gods of Egypt.
Chadwick Boseman’s T’challa character first appeared in Captain America: Civil War which only made expectations for the impending debut of “Black Panther” — the first-ever Marvel Studios movie headlined by a Black actor — that much greater.
The film shattered box office records when it debuted in Feb. 2018. “Black Panther” grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, forever exposing the pernicious untruth in Hollywood that movies with predominantly Black casts won’t gross well overseas.
Although Boseman never spoke publicly about his diagnosis, according the statement, he worked through his treatment for much of his career, starting when he played another Black American icon, NAACP lawyer and future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, in 2017’s “Marshall” — a year before the premiere of “Black Panther.” Boseman most recently appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama “Da 5 Bloods,” and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” a feature adaptation of the August Wilson play, directed by George C. Wolfe.