Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown and regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU), died of cancer on Friday, said his representative. He’s 43.
Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.
Four years ago Boseman had been diagnosed with colon cancer, his family said in a statement.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through all of it, and gave you several of the movies you’ve come to love so much,” his family said in the statement. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom from August Wilson and many more- all shot during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. Bringing King T’Challa to life in Black Panther was the joy of his career.’