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Jackie Robinson’s daughter Sharon honors Chadwick Boseman, who played Robinson in ‘42’

Chadwick Boseman Simone Ledward standing in front of a crowd Chadwick Boseman and Kobe Bryant at the Oscars in 2018 in Los Angeles. Charles Sykes  Invision  AP Charles Sykes Invision AP Chadwick Boseman and Kobe Bryant at the Oscars in 2018 in Los Angeles. Charles Sykes Invision AP
Melba Vasquez | 30 August, 2020, 06:23

"It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣ ⁣ Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV", Boseman's family wrote in their statement on social media.

"He brightened every ones day every time he walked into our hair and makeup trailer or on set with his handsome smile", actress Scarlett Johansson, who co-starred with Boseman in three Marvel films, said in a statement.

Boseman played the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the record-breaking Marvel franchise with 2018's Black Panther. Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing T'Challa / Black Panther in the hit Marvel film, as well as Jackie Robinson in the movie 42, not to mention a key supporting turn in Spike Lee's recent joint Da 5 Bloods, has passed away. They added that some of his greatest work as an actor was filmed between surgeries and treatments, and all the while, he never spoke about the cancer publicly.

Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Disney, the film starring Boseman in the title role grossed 1.34 billion USA dollars worldwide.

Boseman died in his home in Los Angeles with his wife and parents by his side.

Unlike many Hollywood actors, Chadwick Boseman attended college while pursuing his acting career.

"It's a humbling experience because you're like, 'This can't mean that much to them, ' you know?"

Leading US civil rights organisation the NAACP praised Boseman for "showing us how to conquer adversity with grace" and "to walk as a King, without losing the common touch". "It was the honor of his life to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther".

"Fans are also working to organize "Black Panther" Twitter watch parties using #BlackPanther and #WakandaForever, so Twitter has turned the original #BlackPanther emoji back on so fans can watch and talk about his legacy together", Twitter said.

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