The world lost an incredible actor on Friday (August 28) when Chadwick Boseman lost his four-year battle with colon cancer. The 43-year-old movie star was widely known for his role as King T’Challa in the 2018 Marvel blockbuster Black Panther but also starred in films such as 42 about Jackie Robinson and Get On Up about James Brown.
A statement was posted to his Twitter account on Friday night confirming the news.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement read. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. 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 continued, “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
The news comes as a crushing blow to many who had no idea Boseman was suffering behind the scenes, especially since he was so active. The Anderson, South Carolina native most recently appeared in the Spike Lee Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods and is expected to appear opposite Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a feature adaptation of the August Wilson play.
Social media is exploding with reactions to the shocking news. Ice Cube, Bun B, KXNG Crooked and MC Hammer are among the many, many celebrities and fans expressing their sorrow. Check out some of the reactions below.