His struggle with cancer was not made public. According to his family, he was first diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and has been battling it ever since. He died in his home in Los Angeles with his family by his side.
The actor was born in South Carolina and attended Howard University for Fine Arts and a drama program at Oxford. He first made a name for himself after landing the highly sought after role of Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42. Since then, in addition to Black Panther, he starred in projects including Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, Marshall, Get On Up, 21 Bridges, and even hosted SNL.
Boseman returned to the iconic role of T’Challa in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, continuing his rise to fame in two of the most successful movies of all time. Black Panther has also been incredibly inspiring to black youth and upcoming actors, of which Boseman said was “the honor of his career” in a statement from his family.
He leaves behind his wife and family, as well as legions of fans and colleagues who have looked up to him as an actor.
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
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
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Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace. Who stood for so much more than himself. Who took the time to really see how you were doing and gave words of encouragement when you felt unsure. I’m honored to have the memories I have. The conversations, the laughter. My heart is with you and your family. You will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in power and peace my friend.
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 29, 2020