Chadwick Boseman, an award-winning actor whose extensive body of work included Black Panther, Da 5 Bloods and Get on Up, died Friday after battling cancer, his family said. He was 43.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the family shared in a statement shared on Twitter. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV.”
Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area, his publicist told the Associated Press.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
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The actor was born in South Carolina. He graduated from Howard University and had small roles in several television series, including Law & Order, ER, Cold Case and Lincoln Heights.
His breakout role came in 2013, when he starred as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the film 42, alongside Harrison Ford.
Boseman would portray more iconic figures, including James Brown in the film Get On Up (2014), and Supreme Court justice and fellow Howard alum Thurgood Marshall, in Marshall (2017).
Even after his cancer diagnosis in 2016, he continued to work through his surgeries and chemotherapy treatments, his family said.
He starred in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther (2018), as well as Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Boseman won an Image Award in 2019 for his work as T’Challa in Black Panther. He also received a BET Award for the role, and shared a SAG Award with the rest of the cast in the outstanding cast category.
Earlier this year, he appeared in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed drama Da 5 Bloods as fallen Vietnam War soldier, Norman Earl “Stormin’ Norm.” He was due to appear opposite Viola Davis later this year in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a feature adaptation of the August Wilson play.
The actor kept his cancer battle private. However, in April of this year the Daily Mail reported that fans were starting to “worry” after noticing Boseman’s “dramatic weight loss” in an Instagram Live video. He did not address the tabloid reports about his health.
Chadwick Boseman passed away with his wife and family by his side.