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‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer


“Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman has died from cancer, a representative for the actor told The Associated Press on Friday. 

Boseman, 43, had battled colon cancer for four years. 

“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer, and battled it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV,” reads a statement posted to the actor’s Twitter account confirming his death.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. 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,” it continues. “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

His death comes on MLB’s Jackie Robinson Day, in which every player wears the No. 42 to honor the league’s first Black player. Boseman portrayed the legendary Brooklyn Dodger in the film “42.”

Boseman’s death spurred many tributes on social media, including from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who praised the actor for being an inspiration.

“The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time,” Biden tweeted.

Many on social media pointed out that Boseman’s last tweet earlier this month before his death was a picture of himself with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Biden’s running mate.

Harris, who like Boseman graduated from Howard University, said she was “heartbroken” by the news of his death.

“My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family,” she tweeted.

Updated: Aug. 29 at 6:18 a.m.

– Lisa Conley and Jesse Byrnes contributed.

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