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‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies in Los Angeles, loses colon cancer battle

Chadwick Boseman died at his home in Los Angeles, California, United States on August 28, 2020. The african-American actor best known for starring in “Black Panther” was 43.

Born in Anderson, South Carolina, USA on November 29, 1976, Boseman was the son of Leroy Boseman and Carolyn Boseman. Chadwick graduated from T. L. Hanna High School in Anderson in 1995.

In 2000, Chadwick earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts in directing from Howard University in Washington, D.C., USA. In 2003, he made his acting debt by playing David Wafer in the “Third Watch” episode “In Lieu of Johnson.”


In 2008, Chadwick moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an actor. In the same year, he played Floyd Little in “The Express: The Ernie Davis Story,” which marked his film debut.

In 2016, Chadwick was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, which eventually progressed to stage 4. His wife Taylor Simone Ledward was by his side at the time of his death.

In 2018, Chadwick played the title role of “Black Panther.” He played the same character in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

In 2019, Chadwick won the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in “Black Panther.” In the same year, he and Ledward made their red carpet debt as a couple at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, according to Just Jared.

Chadwick never talked publicly about his colon cancer diagnosis. While having several surgeries and chemotherapy, he completed a couple of films including “Da 5 Bloods” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” in which he played Stormin’ Norman and Levee, respectively.

Directed by Spike Lee, “Da 5 Bloods” hit theaters in the U.S. on June 12, 2020. On the other hand, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which was directed by George C. Wolfe, has yet to be released.

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