US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Black Panther in the hit Marvel superhero franchise, has died of cancer aged 43.
He died at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side, a statement posted on social media said.
Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago but had not made the information public.
The news has left fans and the film world stunned. Get Out director Jordan Peele, said it was “a crushing blow”.
“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 statement.
“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 honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Boseman came to prominence playing real-life figures – baseball great Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, and soul singer James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up.
However, it will be as the titular Black Panther in the blockbuster 2018 film he will be best remembered.
Boseman stars as the ruler of Wakanda, a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on earth.
As well as winning praise and taking more dan $1.3 billion US dollars (£973m) for cinemas worldwide, pipo see di film as cultural milestone say e get largely black cast and black director, Ryan Coogler.
Boseman tok last year say di film don change wetin e mean to be “young, gifted and black”.
Black Panther na di first superhero film to get nomination for best picture for di Oscars.
He also play di same role inside oda Marvel films Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Di announcement go come as shock to many as Boseman never discuss im 2016 diagnosis for public.