Renowned actor Chadwick Boseman, famed for his portrayal of Marvel’s Black Panther, has passed away. He was just 43.
The Associated Press reported the actor’s death. The South Carolina native succumbed to a bout with colon cancer according to his press rep. A statement released on Boseman’s Instagram revealed he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016.
Boseman reportedly passed away at his home in the Los Angeles area. According to his publicist Nicki Fioravante, his wife and family by his side. Recently, Twitter had recently been alarmed by the actor’s thin and frail appearance, but any word of his illness was kept under wraps.
A graduate of Howard University, Boseman first gained major accolades for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42 in 2014. The acclaimed actor also gained critical acclaim for his portrayals of James Brown in Get On Up and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.
But it was Boseman’s role as Black Panther aka King T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that truly made him an international icon. Beginning in Captain America: Civil War, he would then star in Black Panther and again hold it down in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Now consider that Black Panther was released in 2018, two years after his cancer diagnosis. The man was a true warrior.
Twitter is currently shocked at this sudden, shocking and heartbreaking news. Peep some powerful reactions from celebs, his peers and fans below.
Rest in powerful peace Chadwick Boseman.
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I’m floored by this news, Chadwick was one of the best and I really enjoyed watching him work. RIP https://t.co/N9HtKuuMIg— Ice Cube (@icecube) August 29, 2020
My heart sunk reading this news, say it isn't so was my immediate reaction...— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) August 29, 2020
The world and I only just got to see what a fantastic actor he was (can't believe I'm saying was) and an even better human.
My deepest condolences to his family.
May you rest in power, Chadwick. pic.twitter.com/hBhpSzSmGS
I just heard that Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer. Such horrible news. He was such an incredibly talented actor and lovely person. He played Jackie Robinson in "42" and we hear this horrible news on Jackie Robinson day. So awful. Life is short. Be kind. https://t.co/UI383fHtFw— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 29, 2020
Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in “42,” has died at the age of 42 on Jackie Robinson Day.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 29, 2020
What an awful loss for this world. pic.twitter.com/8yNYJDvZbF
Rest In Peace, Chadwick. Gone way too soon. Talent beyond. pic.twitter.com/bsEYLts5Q4— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 29, 2020
Im seeing a lot of people say "what about Black Panther 2?" Don't worry about that. Let's just focus on celebrating the life this man had on this earth and remember all the memories we had about him. RIP King #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/QmOXGcEmDt— RG🗡 (@PrimeRG_) August 29, 2020
RIP TO THE KING BRO 😢😢😢😢 Thank you so much for playing my favorite super hero ! Black Panther was more than just some movie or some character . That movie always will hold a special place in my heart and my favorite movies that stemmed from it . RIP KING T’Challa💔 pic.twitter.com/urgwlp8gQx— MAR MAR 💫 (@yoBmBd) August 29, 2020
Never forget Chadwick Boseman’s 2018 Met Gala fit pic.twitter.com/gRBbPKFHES— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 29, 2020
In Chadwick Boseman's 2018 #ActorsOnActors conversation with Viggo Mortensen, he discussed the importance of storytelling in Hollywood: "When you leave out a great part of what has made this nation... You're also leaving out a lot of great stories" https://t.co/VmZUIl7cbX pic.twitter.com/z7sSoJpshj— Variety (@Variety) August 29, 2020
We never know what people are enduring. Humans...we are wonders.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) August 29, 2020
Thank you, Chadwick, for gifting us with your greatness in the midst of a painful struggle. #ChadwickBoseman pic.twitter.com/YDLOLHxop6
When you’re black,— Sadly Optimistic (@iCurtis_) August 29, 2020
You know who Jackie Robinson was
You know who Thurgood Marshall was
You know who James Brown was
You know who King T’Challa is
You know how black men were sent to die in Vietnam
Chadwick Boseman brought these stories to life
Rest in Power💜#WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/wVpKrt1Aj1
My heart is broken as fan...— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) August 29, 2020
But my heart is shattered beyond words for the kids. Everyone, especially the young people, who looked up to Chadwick Boseman and finally saw themselves on the biggest stage... This one is so tough... so so tough.
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
This is one of my favorite Chadwick Boseman clips pic.twitter.com/pwafyJV113— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) 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/YQMrEJy90x— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 29, 2020
The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 29, 2020