I am completely heartbroken to report Chadwick Boseman has passed away after he privately battled colon cancer for four years.
Chadwick transitioned in his home with his wife and family by his side.
He was 43.
Read the official statement released via his Twitter account below:
Marvel released the following statement:
Earlier this year, fans began to express concern over Chadwick’s health after he appeared extremely thin in a video posted on his Instagram page.
A source told me Chadwick was battling some form of cancer, but out of respect for his privacy, I did not report it.
Born in South Carolina, he always had an affinity for theater, and wrote his first play in high school. He attended the famous predominantly black college, Howard University, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine arts.
He started his career in writing and directing, but clearly, he was meant to be on the other side of the camera. He took the world by storm in 2013 in the role of Jackie Robinson in “42.”
On playing that role, Chadwick said, “The story is relevant because we still stand on his shoulders. He started something – I would even say maybe he didn’t even start it, it started before him. But he carried the torch. And he carried it alone for a period of time before other people could help him.”
Clearly, he forwarded the narrative of that, as he moved on to play one of the most influential roles of a generation in the portrayal of T’Challa, aka Black Panther.
I am at a complete loss for words and I am truly heartbroken over this loss.
My sincerest condolences to the family of Chadwick Boseman and all who loved him.
2020 is relentless.