According to reports on Friday, Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman died at the age of 43 after fighting colon cancer for four years.
The news was confirmed via the actor’s Twitter account, where the family of the Marvel star issued a statement.
“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 you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement.
“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 honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the statement read.
“It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Boseman had kept his illness under wraps but had drawn concerns about his health in the past after a major weight loss.
Before he catapulted to fame with his breakthrough Marvel role of Black Panther, the actor was known for his portrayal of Black American icons in films like 42 and Get on Up.