Los Angeles, United States, Aug 28. (efe-epa).- Actor Chadwick Boseman, famous for playing the superhero “Black Panther” in Marvel movies, died Friday at 42 after suffering from colon cancer for four years, his representatives reported.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016,” they detailed in a statement about a disease that he never made public and that has shocked the world of entertainment in the United States, where he carved out a career on the big screen with mythical characters of African American origin such as Jackie Robinson in “42” (2013) and James Brown “Get on Up” (2014).
Boseman, born in South Carolina in 1976, died at his residence in Los Angeles with his wife and family, according to a letter published on social media, as the world discovered for the first time that Boseman was receiving treatment for the disease at the same time as he worked in front of the cameras.
“Chadwick persevered through it all and starred in many of the films you came 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,” the statement read.
The statement said that for the actor bringing King T’Challa to life in “Black Panther” was “the honor of his career.”
Boseman played this superhero in several films from the popular Marvel Cinematic Universe: “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), “Black Panther” (2018), “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and “Avengers: Endgame” ( 2019), the latter being the highest-grossing film in history.
In addition, the production company had confirmed that the film focused on his character, “Black Panther,” would have a sequel whose production was scheduled for next year.
In addition to his key role in Marvel, Boseman played iconic figures in African-American history on the big screen such as the athlete Jackie Robinson in “42” (2013) and the musician James Brown in “Get on Up” (2014).
He also participated in “Da 5 Bloods,” by filmmaker Spike Lee, recognized for his commitment to the black community in the United States. EFE-EPA