Black Panther star Chadwick Bosman dies at 43

Actor Chadwick Bosman, who brought "Black Panther" to life with his charismatic intensity and regal performance, has passed away.

Bosman has been battling colon cancer since 2016 and died at home with his family and wife by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account. He was 43 years old.

"Chadwick, the real fighter, persevered in all of this, and gave you many films that you have come to love so much," the statement said.

From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, black bottom by Ma Rainey and many others, they have all been photographed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. "

Through his role as King T'Challa in the movie Black Panther who broke boundaries, he has become a universal symbol and inspirational symbol of black power. The statement said that this role was "an honor of the (Bosman) march."

Graduated from Howard University

Bosman, a native of South Carolina, graduated in 2000 from Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, DC. While there, he also attended the British American Drama Academy in Oxford in 1998.

We deeply regret the loss of graduate Chadwick Bosman, who passed away this evening. His amazing talent will be immortalized forever through his characters and through his personal journey from student to superhero! Rest in power, Chadwick! "University President Wayne A. Frederick said in a statement.

Boseman's breakthrough performance came in 2013 when he played the role of Jackie Robinson in "42". Bosman's death was announced the day Major League Baseball honored Jackie Robinson, an annual celebration delayed several months due to the pandemic.

His breakthrough performance in "42" will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful way to tell the story of Jackie to an audience for posterity, "Major League Baseball tweeted about the actor Friday.

Boseman made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016 as T'Challa / Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. Then Black Panther had his independent film released in 2018, which broke records at the box office. The president of Marvel Studios has previously announced that the second film in the "Black Panther" saga will be premiering in May 2022.

The actor has starred in other films, including the role of James Brown in "Get On Up" and Thurgood Marshall in "Marshall".

Bosman returned to his alma mater in 2018 to give a start-up speech. He told the alumni about his early days in serials acting, saying he was fired from an unnamed production after questioning what he felt was a stereotype portrayal of black characters.

He said at the time: "The struggles along the way are only intended to shape you to achieve your goal."

He concluded with the iconic "Wakanda Forever" salute.

'Superhero to many'

Martin Luther King III said that Bosman "brought history to life" with his roles.

"As a black panther, he was also a superhero to many," he wrote on Twitter. "Despite his 4-year battle with cancer, he kept fighting and remained an inspiration. We will miss him."

The NAACP also praised the actor, saying Boseman showed "us how to overcome adversity with grace."

To teach us how to “say it out loud! “In order to (show) us how to walk like a king, without losing the common touch. To show how strong we are,” said their statement on Instagram. Thank you # Chadwick Bozeman.

Senator Kamala Harris, who also attended Howard, said she was saddened by Bosman's death.

My friend and colleague Bison Chadwick Bosman was wonderful, kind, educated, down-to-earth, "tweeting". He left early but his life made a difference. I send my deepest condolences to his family. "

Actor Mark Ruffalo, who starred as part of Bosman in Marvel movies as The Hulk, said the death adds to the growing list of tragedies in 2020.

"What a man, what a tremendous talent," Ruffalo wrote on Twitter. "Brother, you were one of the greats of all times and your greatness was only in the beginning. Lord I love you. Rest in power, O king."

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