Chadwick Boseman, the man known as King T’Challa and The Black Panther to Marvel fans around the world, died on Friday due to complications from a four year fight with colon cancer. The news was shared by Boseman’s family via his twitter account.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel, called Boseman’s death “…absolutely devastating” and went to say that “He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”
Boseman continued to work in Hollywood despite his illness. He recently completed Spike Lee’s Vietnam heist film D 5 Bloods (which debuted on Netflix in June) and the upcoming adaptation of August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Boseman’s portrayal of King T’Challa in The Black Panther inspired many and made the hero a household name to millions of fans.
Conskipper would like to extend our condolences to Boseman’s family and friends. Boseman’s legacy will continue to impact generations of filmmakers, actors, and fans.