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‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman has died age 43

The star of Marvel’s Black Panther among many other incredible roles, Chadwick Boseman, has sadly passed away at the young age of 43 having lost his battle with colon cancer.

Boseman died in his Los Angeles home alongside his wife and family said a statement posted on social media yesterday.

Boseman had been diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2016 but had kept the information private and instead focused on his career. Naturally, the news has rocked fans both inside and outside of the business.

Acclaimed director Jordan Peele said the news was “a crushing blow,” later saying the actor was “a true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement.

“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 honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Having received critical acclaim for his real-life portrayals of baseball great Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, and the Godfather of Funk, James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up, Boseman’s star rose dramatically after taking on the role of Black Panther.

As well as tributes from his Marvel co-stars, Boseman’s family has received messages from Dwayne Johnson, who tweeted: “Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family.”

As well as Kamala Harris, who shared: “Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family.”

Boseman’s role as the titular Black Panther didn’t just put him in the hot seat of a huge franchise but is also rightly seen as a cultural milestone for race relations in America.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. #WakandaForever

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