Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has passed away from colon cancer at the age of just 43, his family have confirmed.
In a statement posted to his Twitter, they revealed the actor had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. He’d been battling with the illness for the last four years as it progressed to stage IV.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
The actor never spoke publicly about his diagnosis. He is survived by his wife Taylor.
Boseman managed to shoot and star in several films while undergoing numerous surgeries and chemotherapy.
He’s best known for playing King T’Challa in Black Panther as well as other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but recently starred in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.
The 43-year-old was set to star in Black Panther 2, which was due to be released in 2022. The first film, released in 2018, was hugely successful at the box office and received seven Oscar nominations including Best Motion Picture.
He also had prominent roles in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Boseman was beloved by fans for bringing the Wakandan king to life on the big screen.
Tributes have started to pour in for the star following the tragic news.
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
— terry crews (@terrycrews) August 29, 2020
An immeasurable loss. From "Black Panther" to "Da 5 Bloods," Chadwick Boseman brought strength and light to the screen, every time. pic.twitter.com/vRXxYU8Tbr
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 29, 2020
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/ebMx34jyHF
— Marvel Studios Canada (@MarvelStudiosCA) August 29, 2020
1 of my all time favorite people on the planet Chadwick Boseman has passed away after a 4 years of fighting cancer. An wonderful actor & a truly nice man. R.IP. condolences to his family
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 29, 2020
RIP Chadwick Boseman. You will live forever in our hearts.