One of the most recognizable members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and an accomplished actor passed away Friday. Chadwick Boseman died this week after a four-year battle with colon cancer he never publicly confirmed. In an Instagram video from the 43-year-old actor in honor of Jackie Robinson, fans noticed he looked wan and very thin, causing concern about his health. Boseman reportedly got his diagnosis in 2016. Also, this is the same year he debuted as T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War. Since then he went on to appear in two Avengers films, and the beloved Black Panther directed by Ryan Coogler.
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My first encounter with Boseman’s work came from a short-lived television series called Persons Unknown in which he played a Muslim Army veteran. It was his first recurring role on after appearing on series like Law & Order, CSI: NY, and ER. Three years later, Boseman became on bonafide movie star in 42 about the life of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. Along with his stint in the Marvel films, he starred in huge films like Gods of Egypt, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, and 21 Bridges, produced by Joe and Anthony Russo.
His official Twitter account released a statement, that reads, in part:
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman…. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films 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.”
Chadwick Boseman died in his home, his wife and family with him at the end. They’ve asked that Boseman’s fans and the press respect their privacy in the wake of this loss. Boseman was 43.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
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