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‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of Colon cancer

NEWSMAN – Chadwick Boseman, the man who brought “Black Panther” to life, has died at age 43.

Boseman 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.

The actor who played T’challa in the movie black panther got his breakout performance in 2013 when he played Jackie Robinson in the film “42,”

A South Carolina native, son of a nurse and an upholstery entrepreneur, Boseman graduated in 2000 from Howard University in Washington DC. While there, he also attended the British American Drama Academy at Oxford in 1998, according to Howard’s website

Boseman who starred in other films, including playing James Brown in “Get On Up” and Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall” made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2016 as king T’Challa/Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War”

Black Panther was the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture at the Oscars. He also played the same role in other Marvel films Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Marvel Studios president had previously announced the second movie of the “Black Panther” saga would debut in theaters in May 2022. CNN reported

Boseman’s death came as a shock to many because he never discussed his diagnosis publicly, although fans started raising concerns over his health this year due to noticeable weight loss.

His publicist Nicki Fioravante in a statement described the actor as a true fighter, one who persevered through it all, “and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much”.

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick in a statement expressed “profound sadness that we mourn the loss of alumnus Chadwick Boseman who passed away this evening. His incredible talent will forever be immortalized through his characters and through his own personal journey from student to superhero! Rest in Power, Chadwick!”

Actor Mark Ruffalo, who starred aside Boseman in the Marvel movies as the Hulk, tweeted Boseman’s death contributes to the growing list of tragedies in 2020.”What a man, and what an immense talent,” Ruffalo tweeted.

“Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.”

Chardwick Boseman showing the ‘Wakanda’ salute while giving a speech at his almata in 2018./REUTERS

Boseman returned to his alma mater in 2018 to give the commencement speech. He concluded with his iconic “Wakanda Forever” salute.

During his speech, the actor told the graduates about his early days acting on soap operas, saying he was fired from an unnamed production during his early acting days after he questioned what he felt was its stereotypical portrayal of Black characters.

“The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose,” he said at the time.

Fans mourned the death of Boseman, and also lamented the loss of Basket Ball star Kobe Bryant who died in a plane crash early this year, making it two losses of the ‘two great kings’

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