Actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed the Black Panther on the big screen, died Friday after a four-year battle with cancer, his family said in a statement on social media.
Boseman had not spoken about his bout with cancer, and his death came as a shock to many.
He died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his family by his side, his publicist, Nicki Fioravante told the Associated Press.
The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer about four years ago, according to a statement from his family.
Boseman was a mainstay of the Black Panther franchise and also appeared in Avengers and Captain America movies. He also played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown in feature films.
“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.”