Chadwick Boseman dies: The ‘Black Panther’ star, who battled colon cancer, was 43
Boseman’s publicist Nicki Fioravante confirmed the news Friday night to USA TODAY. The star died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, Fioravante told The Associated Press.
The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement, which was posted on Boseman’s social media accounts Friday.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” the family wrote.
The announcement on Boseman’s Twitter account became the social media platform’s most-liked tweet ever on Saturday, Twitter confirmed. As of Sunday morning, the post has more than 6.8 million likes and 3 million retweets.
Former President Barack Obama previously held the most-liked record, with his 2017 tweet quoting Nelson Mandela in response to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Three years later, that tweet has 4.3 million likes and 1.6 million retweets.
Boseman’s final Instagram post was a photo of himself with fellow Howard University graduate Kamala Harris, celebrating his fellow Howard University graduate became the first Indian-American and first Black woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.
“That his last tweet was to encourage people to exercise their right as citizens to vote, to participate in their democracy, born out of love of country, it’s just so reflective of Chadwick,” Harris said Sunday night. She later referred to “Black Panther” as a “moment of collective celebration because of the story itself, but also because of Chadwick. The significance of it, the brilliance of it, the elegance of it: He did all of that.”
Contributing: Andrea Mandell, Brian Truitt, and Bryan Alexander
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