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Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther Star, Dead at 44 of Cancer

Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther Star, Dead at 44 of Cancer

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We lost a bright light yesterday (August 28, 2020) and a beautiful human being. Actor Chadwick Boseman, who starred in Marvel’s Black Panther, died at his Los Angeles home Friday of cancer at age 43, surrounded by his wife, singer Taylor Simone Ledward, and relatives.

Boseman’s death is a great reminder in these times that we are living in as we do not know what someone else is going through. We don’t know someone else’s struggles. Keep that in mind when interacting with others.

Given what we know now, this video is completely heartbreaking:

Chadwick Boseman 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Red Carpet
Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

Calling him “a true fighter,” Boseman’s family revealed the actor was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. He never made his diagnosis public, even after photos of the gaunt-looking actor appeared on social media.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the 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. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.”

Chadwick Boseman 'Black Panther' Seoul Premiere - Press Conference
Chadwick Boseman attends the press conference for the Seoul premiere of ‘Black Panther’ on February 5, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Getty Images)

“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,” the statement continued.

“The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” it concluded.

Boseman’s breakout performance came in 2013 when he played Jackie Robinson in the film 42. Boseman’s passing was announced the day Major League Baseball honored Jackie Robinson Day, an annual commemoration delayed by several months due to the pandemic.

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Chadwick Boseman attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel’s “Black Panther” at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

Launch the gallery above to see photos of Chadwick throughout the years.

As news of his death sent shockwaves across Hollywood, Boseman’s colleagues and friends paid tribute on social media.

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