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Chadwick Boseman, the star in superhero movie Black Panther has died of colon cancer. He was first diagnosed with the fatal disease in 2016. The Marvel star did not discuss his condition publicly.

The sad news of the death of 43-year-old Chadwick Boseman was confirmed in a twitter statement.

A statement on his Twitter handle reads: “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last 4 years at it progressed to stage IV.

“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 was the honour of his career to bring Kind T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, his wife (Taylor Simone Ledward) and family by his side.

“The family thanks you for your love and prayers and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

Boseman became the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the record-breaking Marvel franchise with 2018’s “Black Panther.” He was set to appear in a sequel to “Black Panther” due in 2022.

The movie, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.

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He will surely be missed! 😢

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