The American actor Chadwick Boseman, famous for the role of Black Panther, has died of cancer aged 43.
Chadwick died at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by his family.
The news has left fans and the film world stunned. Get Out director Jordan Peele, said it was “a crushing blow”.
“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 the statement.
“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.”
The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago but kept the information secret except for the closest ones.
The news of his death came as a shock to many as Boseman never mentioned his diagnosis publicly.
However, fans started raising concerns over his health this year due to noticeable weight loss.
Tributes have already begun pouring in for the star, including from actor and fellow Marvel star Mark Ruffalo.
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Actor Dwayne Johnson tweeted: “Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family.”
Political figures have also started paying their respects, including Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.
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The hashtag #WakandaForever has also been trending.