Rest in peace King! Chadwick Boseman has died. The actor died at age 43, after a four year battle with colon cancer.
On Friday, Aug 28, his family announced his passing via his Instagram.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. 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. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Born in South Carolina, he always had an affinity for theater, and wrote his first play in high school. He attended the famous HBCU, Howard University, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine arts.
Boseman, a true King, is widely known for his role as King T’Challa in Black Panther. But prior to that historical film, Boseman was bringing life to the big screen.
Known for his ability to transform into many stars, he masterfully portrayed Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up, and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. He most recently starred in Spike Lee’s Da Five Bloods and leaves the earth with one last talented blessing, his final role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which is currently in post-production.
The impact he had on Hollywood, while too short, was impactful. Rest in peace, Chadwick Boseman, and thank you for everything.