Chadwick Boseman was famous for playing the title role of Black Panther in the Marvel franchise – but while battling villains on screen, he was having a very real battle in his personal life.
Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. However, the actor never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films during his battle against the deadly disease.
He died at home with his family and wife on Friday at the age of 43.
"It was his career honor to bring King T 'Challah to life in' Black Panther '," they said.
Chadwick Boseman was famous for playing the title role of Black Panther in the Marvel franchise – but while battling villains on screen, he was having a very real battle in his personal life. Pictured in Black Panther
"Chadwick was a real fighter and held out," the statement added.
The family revealed that many of Boseman's films, including Black Panther, Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, and August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, were made "during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy."
Boseman hadn't spoken about his diagnosis but raised health concerns earlier this year after fans took note of his unusually skinny looks.
He became the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the record-breaking Marvel franchise in 2018, "Black Panther".
Boseman first appeared as Captain America: Civil War in 2016 when he joined Marvel and signed up for the Marvel Universe franchise.
Unfortunately, he received his devastating diagnosis not long after his appearance in the film.
Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. However, the actor never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films during his battle against the deadly disease. He died at home with his family and wife on Friday at the age of 43
Boseman hadn't spoken publicly about his cancer diagnosis but raised health concerns earlier this year after fans took note of his unusually thin looks (left in April and right in May).
But that didn't stop the star from appearing in multiple films – despite the notoriously long shooting days and tough working hours of the film sets.
For his biggest role, Black Panther, the star trained rigorously to get in shape and learned Angolan capoeira, dambe boxing, Zulu stick fighting, karate, kung fu, and jiu jitsu for the role and its many fight scenes.
While filming in March 2017, his co-star Andy Serkis described the grueling grand chase that was filmed in Busan, South Korea.
More than 700 crew members and 150 vehicles were gathered to film Boseman's T & # 39; Challah, who chases Serki's & # 39; evil arms dealer Ulysses Klaue, whom he kneels to his chest.
"It was a night shoot and when I first shot he knelt so tightly into my chest because he couldn't really see with the mask on," Serkis recalled. "I felt like he broke my ribs the first time I took it."
According to Serkis, they shot the scene at least 30 times. Boseman, who was still fighting cancer at the time, gave incredible energy and performance every time.
The family revealed that many of Boseman's films, including Black Panther, Marshall, Da 5 Bloods (pictured), and August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, were shot during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy
Boseman's most memorable role was his 2018 appearance as T & # 39; Challa, king of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and crime fighter known as the Black Panther, in the first major studio superhero film with a predominantly African-American cast. (Picture taken during the film's premiere in London)
Boseman also appeared as Black Panther in Marvel's Avenger & # 39; s: Infinity War in 2018
He took his first production job on last year's action thriller & # 39; 21 Bridges & # 39; (pictured), in which he also starred
When he wasn't filming, the star also went to St. Jude's Children's Hospital to visit children with cancer – something he was sadly all too familiar with at the time.
Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had a small role on television before his first star twist in 2013. His impressive portrayal of stoic baseball star Jackie Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in the & # 39; 42 & # 39; from 2013 attracted attention in Hollywood and made him a star. He also starred in James Brown in Get On Up 2014 the following year.
Boseman died on the day Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson's Day. "His transcendent performance in" 42 "will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle for telling Jackie's story to audiences for generations to come," the league wrote in a tweet.
He first played Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War 2016 before the character directed a hugely successful blockbuster in 2018.
The film's vision of Afrofuturism and the technologically advanced civilization of Wakanda was well received by audiences, some of whom wore African attire for screenings and helped bring "Black Panther" to more than $ 1.3 billion in global box offices . It is the only Marvel Studios film that has received an Oscar nomination for best picture.
The character was last seen standing in silence in a black suit at Tony Stark's funeral in "Avengers: Endgame" last year. A sequel to & # 39; Black Panther & # 39; was announced and was one of the studio's most anticipated upcoming films.
Boseman is survived by his wife Taylor Simone Ledward (pictured) and one of their parents and had no children. The couple were last seen together at the 69th NBA All-Star Game in Chicago in February. Their marriage was not reported publicly until after his death
Alongside Robinson and Brown, in 2017 Boseman portrayed future US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He humanized the larger-than-life historical figures with the same calm dignity – punctuated by sparkling wit – that he would later bring to T & # 39; Challah.
WHAT IS COLON CANCER?
Colon cancer is colon cancer (colon cancer).
It usually starts with polyps, which are small clumps of cells.
Gastroenterologists can see them in a colonoscopy because they are lifted off the surface of the colon like a mole.
- Blood in your stool or rectal bleeding
- Stomach cramps
- Persistent gas
- You never feel like you've emptied your bowels
- Weight loss
- Change in bowel habits that lasts for more than a month
People with stage 1 tumors have a survival rate (at least five years) of 80 to 95 percent.
In stage 2, the survival rate is 55 to 80 percent.
In level 3 it is about 40 percent and in level 4 it is about 10 percent.
He got his first production job in last year's action thriller & # 39; 21 Bridges & # 39 ;, in which he also appeared, and was most recently in Spike Lee's film & # 39; Da 5 Bloods & # 39; seen as the leader of a group of Black soldiers in the Vietnam War.
It was some time before Boseman's moment came. He entered the theater as a student, acted and wrote plays as a student with Howard. Boseman had roles on television shows such as ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights" and NBC's "Persons Unknown", but prior to "42" he had only appeared in one film, the 2008 soccer drama "The Express". Boseman caught the eye but missed large parts.
"2011 was a tough year," he said. “I was ready for everything that happened that year, really good roles. I would come down to the end and then it would go to someone else. & # 39;
Boseman completed one final performance in an adaptation of August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom". The Netflix movie starring Boseman alongside Viola Davis was completed last summer.
When asked about his own childhood heroes and icons, Boseman quoted black political leaders and musicians: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Bob Marley, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, and Prince. Deeply private and often reticent in his public appearances and interviews, he made it clear that he understood the importance of his work and its impact on broader culture.
Boseman died at his Los Angeles area home with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said.
After the shock news of his death, tributes to Boseman poured in from across the entertainment industry.
He is survived by his wife and a parent and had no children, Fioravante said.
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