Actor Chadwick Boseman passed away today in his LA residence due to cancer. He had battled with colon cancer over the past 4 years, after being diagnosed with stage III cancer in 2016. The actor was 43 years old. He played iconic roles such as baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42, SC justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, James Brown in Get on Up, and his most famous role as Black Panther/T’Challa in Black Panther. Boseman was also set to act in Marvel’s Black Panther 2, which was slated for release in 2022.
Boseman was born and brought up in South Carolina. He went on to attend Howard University, where he majored in fine arts. Initially, he wanted to write and direct movies, and also worked as a drama instructor in New York. Later, he decided to move to LA in 2008 to pursue a career in acting. Boseman played minor roles in several TV shows in the early 2000s. He got his first lead role in 2013 as Jackie Robinson in 42. In 2016, Boseman began his five-picture deal with Marvel for the role of Black Panther, starting with Captain America: Civil War. Black Panther was one of the highest grossing films of 2018.
The actor’s family released a statement on his social media platforms.