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Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman dies

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/29/20, 09:29 am

As he battled ferocious aliens and evil geniuses on-screen, Chadwick Boseman, Marvel’s Black Panther, fought privately against the disease that ended his life. His family announced his death from colon cancer on Friday. He was 43.

What other roles did he play? He starred as nonfictional African American heroes, too, including Jackie Robinson, major league baseball’s first black player, in 2013’s 42, and Thurgood Marshall, the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice, in 2017’s Marshall. In 2014, he portrayed James Brown, the singer known as the “Godfather of Soul,” whose career was marred by drug addiction and accusations of domestic violence. Doctors diagnosed Boseman with stage 3 cancer in 2016. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said.

Dig deeper: Read Megan Basham’s 2018 review of Black Panther.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 08/29/2020 08:27 pm

    Rest in peace. Prayers for your family.

  • Janet B
    Posted: Sun, 08/30/2020 04:07 pm

    I am quite sad over this loss.  Rest in peace, great warrior.  

  • not silent
    Posted: Mon, 08/31/2020 09:35 pm

    He will be missed.  May God comfort his family and others who are grieving his loss.