Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43

The 'Black Panther' star had been battling colon cancer for four years
Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43
Actor Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43. The actor, who was perhaps best known for playing the role of King T'Challa in the Black Panther movie and numerous Avengers films, passed away following a four-year battle with colon cancer.

Boseman first broke out by appearing as Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42. His death happened on the same day that Major League Baseball celebrated its annual Jackie Robinson Day.

"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 a statement [via the Associated Press]. "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 honour of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther."

Read the full statement from Boseman's estate below, where you'll also find a series of tributes to the late actor.