Actor Chadwick Boseman, who famously played “Black Panther” bringing his undeniable charisma and regal performance, has died.

Boseman has fought 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. 

The statement read “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. 

“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.”

The Howard University graduate played King T’Challa in the boundary-breaking film “Black Panther,” he became a global icon and an inspiring symbol of Black power. 

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick released a statement

“It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of alumnus Chadwick Boseman who passed away this evening. His incredible talent will forever be immortalized through his characters and through his own personal journey from student to superhero! Rest in Power, Chadwick!”

Boseman also played Jackie Robinson in the film “42”. Major League Baseball tweeted:

The NAACP also paid tribute to the actor, saying Boseman showed “us how to conquer adversity with grace.”

Sen. Kamala Harris, who also attended Howard, said she was heartbroken over Boseman’s death by tweeting: 

Rest peacefully Chadwick.

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