Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played the iconic roles of James Brown and Jackie Robinson before being cast at the MCU’s Black Panther, has sadly died of cancer. He was 43 years old and hadn’t spoken publicly about his diagnosis.
Boseman died at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family at his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said on Friday.
A statement from his family revealed that Boseman had been battling colon cancer for four years. The star had continued to work in between “countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
Boseman was born in South Carolina in 1976. He played small roles in television before his breakout opportunity came with his portrayal of baseball star Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42 opposite Harrison Ford. Boseman died on the same day that the MLB was celebrating Jackie Robinson day. The following year in 2014, Boseman appeared in Draft Day with Kevin Costner. Later that year he went on to play the iconic James Brown in Get on Up.
In 2016, he took on the “honor of his career” when he played the role of Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. He went on to make three more appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including 2018’s Black Panther. The film went on to earn over a billion dollars at the box office and won a nomination for best picture at the 91st Academy Awards.
Kevin Feige released the following statement:
RIP Chadwick. Our thoughts go out to Chadwick Boseman’s family and friends at this sad time. #WAKANDAFOREVER