In 2016 he had been diagnosed with colon cancer. He never made his health problem public. In that film he embodied the first black superhero in Marvel’s filmography.
American actor Chadwick Boseman, star of the multi-award-winning Black Panther, among other films, died today at age 43 at his home in Los Angeles, in the United States, as a result of colon cancer that had been diagnosed in 2016, according to his publicist to North American media.
Boseman never made his illness public while he was alive, and it was precisely in the last years that he obtained and played the roles that brought him the most notoriety in his career.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films that you have come to love so much,” his family wrote in a statement posted on the same Boseman Twitter profile, @chadwickboseman.
The actor’s best known role, the one that led him to cross all kinds of borders, was that of the comic book character of the Marvel publishing house in the Avengers saga, T’Challa / Black Panther.
He played it for the first time in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and then in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), but it was in Black Panther in which he stood out the most.
The film, released in the first part of 2018, was Marvel’s first starring a black superhero, and in this case of African origin.
It was an overwhelming success both at the box office and critically: it is one of the highest grossing films in history with more than 1.3 billion dollars paid at box offices around the world and received seven Oscar nominations, of which it won three .
Other prominent roles of the artist were in 42 (2013) in which he played the iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson, the first black to reach the major leagues; and 5 Bloods, released this year and under the command of Spike Lee.