Chadwick Boseman, known for playing Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and T'Challa in Black Panther, passed away at 43 years old Friday surrounded by his wife and family in his home.
He was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer four years ago at 39, which was not disclosed to the public until after his passing, per The Associated Press.
Since the diagnosis, he starred in seven movies including Black Panther, which became a cultural phenomenon grossing $700 million in the United States alone (4th highest all-time) and $1.34 billion worldwide (13th highest all-time). It later became the first comic book movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Black Panther 2 had been officially unveiled in August 2019 with a May 2022 release date.
The news shocked everyone and many took to social media Friday evening, including members of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Rest in Peace, Chadwick.