'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer aged 43

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has died after a four-year battle with colon cancer, his family confirmed in a statement on Friday. 

Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Black Panther in the hit Marvel superhero franchise was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago but had not made the information public.

According to the statement posted on social media by his family,  "The actor passed away at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side".   

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The news has left fans and the film world stunned.

'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer aged 43


Born in South Carolina the son of a nurse and an upholstery entrepreneur, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. He has roots in the West African country Sierra Leone.

The actor had been known for playing real-life figures, including professional baseball player Jackie Robinson in 2013 biopic, 42, James Brown in 2014's Get On Up, and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in 2017's Marshall. 

But his most memorable role was his 2018 performance as T'Challa, king of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and the crime fighter known as Black Panther, in the first major studio superhero movie featuring a predominantly African-American cast.

The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of the year and was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture. It won three Academy Awards - in the best original score, best costume design and best production design categories.

Boseman originated the Black Panther film role two years earlier in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, and reprised the part twice more in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and 2019's Avengers: Endgame.

May his soul Rest in Peace.

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