Chadwick Boseman has died.
The ‘Black Panther’ star passed away on Friday (08.28.20) at the age of 43, after a secret, four-year battle with colon cancer.
His family said in a statement, posted on his Instagram page: “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.
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
“It was the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
According to his publicist, Chadwick is survived by his wife Taylor Simone Ledward and a parent. He had no children and his marriage to Taylor was not reported until his death.
Although Chadwick had kept his illness a secret, he sparked concerns for his health earlier this year when he lost a considerable amount of weight.