The actor behind the role of the Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, dies at 43 after battling cancer for years.

Chadwick, who passed away yesterday, was fighting a stage III colon cancer for four years. The news of his death were confirmed on his official Twitter account stating that the young actor was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 but over the years it advanced to stage IV. “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.”

Fortunately, Chadwick died in his home with his wife and his family by his side. The actor was best known for his role as the Black Panther in the Marvel Universe. He made his debut in 2016 as King T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War. His cinematic debut though started back in 2000 with shows like CSI: NY, Law and Order and Third Watch. He also starred as Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in Baseball. The most important moment of his life was probably “Black Panther” in 2018, a movie that was based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name featuring Chadwick as the main protagonist.

A Black Panther 2 movie was set to release in May 2022 as part of MCU’s P4. Many stars, politicians, fans and friends have shared their memorials on Twitter, including Don Cheadle, Brie Larson, the Rock and Joe Biden. Looks like 2020 can’t get any worse. The Black Panther was one of my favorite Marvel heroes, bringing joy to the fans and trying to defeat both the evil forces of universe and the real-life forces of racism. Rest in peace Chadwick, you will never be forgotten. You are a good man with a good heart, and it is hard for a good man to be king.

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