Actor Chadwick Boseman, who starred in Black Panther, has died at the age of 43. A statement posted on Boseman’s Twitter account on Friday said the actor had battled colon cancer for the last four years. The statement said “he died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”
Boseman was born in South Carolina and is a graduate of Howard University. Throughout his career, he was known for his portrayals of iconic historical Black figures such as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get on Up.
In his role as the Marvel Studios superhero Black Panther and his alias, king T’Challa of Wakanda, Boseman became the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first film headlined by a Black actor. He won praise for his first appearance as the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, garnering excitement for his feature film. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther would go on to break several box office records and become the first superhero film to be nominated for the Academy Award for best picture. The film earned six other nominations and won three, becoming the MCU’s first Oscar-winning film.
Reaction to Boseman’s death was swift and profound. Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the Democratic candidates for president and vice president, expressed their condolences on Twitter.