His family has confirmed in a statement posted to his Twitter profile that the actor had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer back in 2016, and he had been battling with the illness for the last four years. Sadly, the cancer progressed to stage IV.
Boseman never spoke publicly about his diagnosis, and he managed to star in several movies while undergoing numerous surgeries and chemotherapy. He will be best remembered for his outstanding role as King T’Challa in Black Panther, as well as other Marvel Cinematics movies, including Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War.
The 2018 movie was a huge success in the box office, and received seven Oscar nominations.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Millions of fans across the world, as well as fellow Hollywood stars, have been mourning the loss of an icon.
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I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. Few performers have such power and versatility. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in power, King. 💙
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
THANK YOU @chadwickboseman for all you gave us. We needed it & will always cherish it! A talented & giving artist & brother who will be sorely missed🙏🏿 RIP
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 29, 2020