Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, has passed on at the age of 43 after a battle with cancer.
According to multiple reports, Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side.
Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.
“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,” his family said.
Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis. He is survived by his wife and a parent and had no children.
Boseman became popular for playing Black icons like Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first-star turn in 2013. His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013′s 42 drew attention in Hollywood and made him a star.