Chadwick Boseman, an actor who rose to international prominence for his lead performance in Black Panther, is dead at the age of 43, an official statement confirmed.
As Fox News reported, he had been battling colon cancer since a 2016 diagnosis.
A statement released on Boseman’s official Twitter account announced his death and highlighted his determination to continue working despite his deteriorating health.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement began. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”
Referring to him as a “true fighter” throughout his battle, the statement explained to fans that “many of the films you have come to love so much” featured Boseman acting “during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
In reference to his most celebrated role, the statement affirmed that it was “the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Boseman “died at his home, with his wife and family by his side,” the statement concluded, sharing both thanks to the public for their support and a request for privacy on behalf of his loved ones.
“Devastated by the tragic loss”
In addition to an outpouring of sympathy on social media among his scores of fans, many of those who worked with Boseman offered their thoughts and condolences. Marvel Entertainment, which produced Black Panther, provided a statement on Twitter.
“Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family,” the statement read. “Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.”
Major League Baseball also issued a statement, referencing Boseman’s portrayal of baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the 2013 biopic 42.
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman,” it read. “His transcendent performance in ’42’ will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come.”
The Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger, who produced the 2014 drama Get On Up starring Boseman as James Brown, echoed the many tributes that showed up online, tweeting that he “was a wonderful, funny, kind man and a very talented actor” who will be “missed by so many.”