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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at 43

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at 43: Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at 43:

Chadwick Boseman, star of the ground breaking superhero movie Black Panther. Chadwick has died after a private four year battle with colon cancer, his publicist says.

Boseman, 43, never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films. Boseman has been on even during and between “countless” operations and chemotherapy, his family notes in a statement.

“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther,'” they said.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all,” the statement added.

Boseman is the first black superhero to own standalone film in the record breaking Marvel franchise with 2018’s Black Panther.

The movie, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences. And becoming the first comic book film to be nominee of best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.

However earlier in his career, Boseman played black icons Jackie Robinson in “42”. Ironically, today was Jackie Robinson Day in the US and James Brown in “Get on Up”. The news of Boseman’s death sent shockwaves through Hollywood and around the world.

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at 43
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at 43
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“The true power of @chadwickboseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen,” says Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

He has been inspiring generations and showing them that they can be anything they want even super heroes. Since his viral Black Panther to Jackie Robinson.

“Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.” Boseman’s Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo tweets:

Leading US civil rights organization the NAACP praises Boseman for “showing us how to conquer adversity with grace”. And “to walk as a King, without losing the common touch.” “#RestInPower #BlackPantherForever,” he concludes.

Boseman had recently appeared in Spike Lee’s Vietnam War-set “Da 5 Bloods”. And he was set to appear in a sequel to “Black Panther” due in 2022.

“Our hearts are really down and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. But your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace,” wrote the official Marvel Twitter account.

His character T’Challa, king and protector of technologically advanced Wakanda. Chadwick was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, featuring Fantastic Four” in 1966.

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at 43

The Marvel film was celebrated as an important cultural moment for its mainly black cast. Similarly for subverting stereotypes by depicting a prosperous African country that takes in refugees. More so for extending its culture and technology to poorer nations.

Surprisingly, Boseman shrugged off doubters who tried to convince him not to give the superhero an African accent.

But there was a time period where people would ask me horrible questions. Whether or not an audience could sit through a movie with a lead character that spoke with that accent. However, I became adamant about the fact that it’s not true.

First of all was born in South Carolina, the son of a nurse and an upholstery entrepreneur. But he has roots in the west African state of Sierra Leone.

Secondly, before Marvel, he was best known for acclaimed portrayal of the legendary Robinson in Brian Helgeland’s “42” 2013. Which had the highest-grossing debut for a baseball movie in Hollywood history.

Lastly, he is also lavish with praise for his interpretation of soul singer Brown in “Get on Up”2014. And earn inclusion among the top 10 performances of 2014 by Time magazine. Boseman died in his home “with his wife and family by his side,” the statement says.

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