Marvel star Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43 after fighting a battle of four years with colon cancer on friday. Until his death, T'challa never made public his underlying battles with the deadly disease after he was diagnosed in 2016. Chadwick Boseman's first appearance as The Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War was well received by fans of the comic inspired movie especially Africans because of the portrayal of a black super hero of African descent. His movie career started in 2003.
When Marvel released the movie Black Panther, the reception was high because it portrayed a technologically high African nation known as Wakanda to the world. Even though the name Wakanda was fictious, it was well received that former vice president of Nigeria Abubakar Atiku went to the Cinemas to watch it. Chadwick changed the face of Marvel movies with his talent as Black Panther grossed over a billion dollars in the box office.
Boseman amidst his health battles and in between surgeries, never relented in reprising his roles in the other Marvel franchise -Avengers -Infinity war and Avengers-Endgame as the black panther. With success of Black Panther, a second movie is expected in 2022 according to the president of Marvel studio. Boseman also starred in Spike Lee's movie Da 5 Blood which was released in 2020. Boseman left behind his wife, singer Taylor Simone Leaward whom he met in 2019 and later married.
He was 43, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said in a statement.
"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much," the statement said.
"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 said the role of King T'Challa was the "honor of (Boseman's) career." (Culled from CNN)
The movie world will miss you King T'challa of Wakanda as you transcend to join other Black Panthers in the ancestral resting place.