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Chadwick Boseman, 'Black Panther' and '42' star, dies of cancer at 43
Chadwick Boseman, the charismatic actor known for portraying barrier-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson, music icon James Brown, and Marvel superhero T'Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, has died of complications from colon cancer. He was 43.
The film, set to air at 8:00 p.m. ET, will be followed by the ABC News special “Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King” beginning at 10:20 p.m. ET.
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According to a release from the network, the special will celebrate Boseman's life, legacy, career, and the cultural imprint he made both on and off-screen. He will also be honored by celebrities, political figures, and fans across the world, who were touched by his work and the man himself.
Black Panther follows the character of T'Challa (Boseman), son of Wakanda's King T'Chaka (John Kani), and his challenging ascension to the throne following his father's death. The Ryan Coogler-directed film costars Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N'yongo, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman.
After appearing in Black Panther, Boseman reprised his role twice more in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game. He had also been expected to return for Black Panther 2. (Disney has previously announced it is at work on a sequel to Black Panther, which is in the early stages of development.)
The Marvel hit earned 7 Oscar nominations at the 91st Academy Awards and ultimately took home three including Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design. It became the first MCU film to win the coveted honor.