Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Actor, Dead at 43

Chadwick Boseman, the celebrated star of such films as “Black Panther,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “42,” and “Get on Up,” has died at the age of 43. Reports indicate that his death was the result of a multi-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman played such icons as Jackie Robinson in “42” and James Brown in “Get on Up” before entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe as T’Challa.

Boseman was next set to appear in the announced sequel to “Black Panther.” Boseman will also appear posthumously in director George C. Wolfe’s Netflix adaptation of the August Wilson play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” opposite Viola Davis and Colman Domingo, which is readying for an awards season run. Boseman’s performance in the film has already been tipped as one of his best yet.

Boseman broke out as a leading screen actor playing baseball icon Robinson in “42,” which led to roles in the indie film “The Kill Hole” and Kevin Costner-starrer “Draft Day,” before he earned major critics’ kudos and awards attention for playing the godfather of soul in “Get on Up.” He scored a five-picture deal with Marvel, beginning with “Captain America: Civil War,” followed by the global phenomenon “Black Panther.” The film earned over $1.3 billion worldwide and broke numerous records along the way.

He also appeared as T’Challa/Black Panther in “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Last year he starred in the NYPD cop thriller “21 Bridges.” The “Black Panther” sequel was set to begin shooting in March 2021.

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