‘Black Panther’ actor, dies at age 43

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Chadwick Boseman, the “Black Panther” actor, died on Friday after a four-year struggle against colon cancer, reported to Variety. He was 43 years old.

Before he became the superhero of Marvel Studios, Boseman’s career first flourished with his depictions of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s ’42’) and James Brown (in 2014’s ‘Get on Up’).

“It is with immeasurable sadness that we accept the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” said a tweet posted on his Twitter account. “It was his life’s pleasure to carry King T’Challa to existence in the Black Panther.” While Boseman never talked openly of his illness, according to the article, he progressed with his recovery for most of his career, beginning with another Black American figure, NCAAP lawyer and future Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, in “Marshall” 2017—a year before the “Black Panther” debut.

Boseman appeared most recently in Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ and this year is due to appear opposite Viola Davis’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ a feature adaptation of the August Wilson play directed by George C. Wolfe. He is survived by his wife and family. – Adapted from Variety

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