Chadwick Boseman, the man who brought the role of King T’Challa in Black Panther to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is dead at the age of 43. His death comes after a four-year fight with Colon Cancer.

According to his publicist Nicki Fioravante, Boseman died at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in a statement released to the Associated Press. “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.”

Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.

Boseman starred in Black Panther in 2018. He first appeared in the role in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. He returned for The Avengers: Infinity War and also The Avengers: EndgameBlack Panther II  was expected to arrive in theaters in 2022.

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