Chadwick Boseman. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia)Chadwick Boseman. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia)

'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman dead at 43

Actor Chadwick Boseman, known for his roles as Jackie Robinson in '42' and T'Challa in Black Panther, has died after a four-year battle with cancer.

Boseman died in his home on Friday with his wife and family by his side. He was 43.

A representative confirmed the actor's passing on Twitter. Boseman was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, according to the statement, and he battled the disease for four years as it progressed to Stage 4.

Many of the actor's films were filmed between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.

"It was the honour of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther," a representative said in the statement. "The family thanks you for your love and prayers and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time."

Boseman starred in several notable films in his career including '42', 'Message from the King', 'Da 5 Bloods', '21 Bridges', and 'Get on Up' in which he played James Brown. He portrayed T'Challa the Black Panther in four films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he also had numerous credits in popular television shows including 'ER', 'Castle', 'Justified', and 'The Glades'.

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