Chadwick Boseman, the lead actor in the popular movie” Black Panther” is dead.
The actor has been battling colon cancer since 2016 and died at home with his family and wife by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.
He was 43, his publicist, Nicki Fioravante said in a statement.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said.
The NAACP paid tribute to the actor on Twitter, praising him for “showing us how to conquer adversity with grace … for showing us just how powerful we are.”
Oscar-winner Matthew A. Cherry, who spent three seasons as a wide receiver on various NFL teams before turning to filmmaking, praised Boseman’s strength.
“Chadwick was really out here shooting all of these huge action movies while fighting stage 4 colon cancer. Man. Strong isn’t even the word,” Cherry tweeted Friday night.
Writer Roxane Gay said the news wasdevastating. “My heart goes out to his family,” she said on Twitter.
Filmmaker Jordan Peele said the loss of Boseman was a “crushing blow.”