‘Wakanda Forever’: Tears roll down as “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman passes away

Guwahati, 29 August: Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer. He was 43.

Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.

#WakandaForever

The Black Panther rallying cry “Wakanda Forever” trended online, as celebrities, civil rights activists, and fans posted emotional messages.

The actor’s cancer diagnosis was not publicly known.

“What a gentle gifted soul. Showing us all that greatness between surgeries and chemotherapy. This is what dignity looks like,” wrote TV star and author Oprah Winfrey.

 His striking portrayal of the baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013′s “42” drew attention in Hollywood and made him a star. A year later, he wowed audiences as Brown in the biopic “Get On Up.”

“Chadwick Boseman brought history to life on the silver screen, from Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall. As Black Panther, he was also a superhero to many. And despite his 4 year-long battle with cancer, he kept fighting and he kept inspiring. He will be missed.” said Martin Luther King III on Twitter.

Across the world, Boseman became a household name with his stunning portrayal of ‘Black Panther’, which became one of the most loved Marvel characters with time.

Marvel Studio posted on Twitter: “Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.”

 

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the announcement of his death.

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