• The actor was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016
  • He filmed many movies between countless surgeries and chemotherapy
  • He died with his wife and family by his side

Actor Chadwick Boseman, known for movies such as “Black Panther,” died at his home in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Confirming the news of his demise, his family said in a statement via Boseman's official Twitter page, "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. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much."

"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 honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in 'Black Panther.' He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time," the statement concluded.

Several of his friends and colleagues took to social media to offer their heartfelt condolences.

"Man. speechless. you were a king on and off-screen. it doesn't seem real. you were like a comet that flew by so fast. you will be missed brother. rest easy," actor Mike Colter tweeted.

"We have no idea how many people are suffering silently. Heartbroken. 43 years old. Chadwick Boseman is beloved by so many & my heart is with his family. Everybody needs to take a breath. Look around you. Love, laugh, forget about all the petty shit and remember life is short," Linda Sarsour tweeted.

"I can't put into words what a loss this is. I'm so grateful for everything that Chadwick Boseman brought us and for all the ways in which he will live on in the heart of every Black child searching for a superhero," author Ijeoma Oluo tweeted.

"Heartbreaking. The loss of Chadwick Boseman life and light. The 4 year battle in secret. It’s all heartbreaking. Just heartbreaking," Gabby Sidibe wrote.

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"Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, pictured here at the 'Get On Up' premiere on May 22, 2014. Getty