Chadwick Boseman: Black Panther star dies of cancer aged 43

Chadwick Boseman, well known for his role as Black Panther in the popular Marvel superhero franchise, died of cancer at the age of 43.

He died at home in Los Angeles, with his wife and family at his side, according to a social media announcement.

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Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago but did not disclose the news.

Fans and the film industry have been taken aback by the news. Jordan Peele, the filmmaker of Get Out, described it as a “a crushing blow.”

“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.”

Boseman rose to popularity by portraying real-life people, including baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42 and soul musician James Brown in the 2014 film Get on Up.

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However, he will be most known as the eponymous Black Panther in the blockbuster 2018 picture.

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Boseman plays the ruler of Wakanda, a fictitious African country with the most sophisticated technology on the planet.

Black Panther was the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture at the Oscars.

He also played the same role in other Marvel films Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

A sequel was in the works and due to come out in 2022, with Boseman set to return.

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Actor Dwayne Johnson tweeted: “Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family.”

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