Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for starring as T’Challa in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, has died at the age of 43 following a battle with colon cancer, the Associated Press reports.
Boseman died on Friday at his home in the Los Angeles area, surrounded by his wife and family. He was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, but never made the diagnosis public until now.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” his family said in a statement on Twitter. “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 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 you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”