Chadwick Boseman - best known for his powerful role as T'Challa in Black Panther - was secretly battling colon cancer, it was learned as the actor passed away at the age of 43 at home with his wife and loved ones. His family revealed, "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV. "
This meant he bravely filmed Black Panther among others, while battling the disease: "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," continued the statement on his Instagram profile, which added, "It was the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther."
Among the tributes paid to the actor's life and work included those by Diddy, Kevin Hart, Chance The Rapper and Hip Hop Tailor of Harlem Dapper Dan, all of whom remembered his grace, humility and kindness.
Grazia's thoughts and prayers remain with Chadwick Boseman's family and fans at this time.
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