LOS ANGELES — Actor Chadwick Boseman, who starred as Black icon Jackie Robinson in “42” earlier than rising to fame as the regal Black Panther within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died Friday of most cancers, his consultant stated.
He was 43.
His demise got here as Major League Baseball noticed Jackie Robinson Day, with groups celebrating the person who broke the game’s coloration barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Jackie Robinson Day is often on April 15, however the celebration was moved to Aug. 28 this season to accommodate the COVID-19-altered schedule, which began in late July.
In an interview after “42” got here out in 2013, Boseman was requested what it meant for him to play Robinson and whether or not he felt the film would proceed the conversations of racial injustice.
“I am proud to play Jackie Robinson,” he stated then. “And I feel like those (racial) barriers will eventually come down. They will come down. And I’m glad that I’m continuing that tradition of expanding people’s barriers.
“I feel that is why you do the film. You have to indicate the illness or expose the illness in an effort to eliminate it.”
Major League Baseball issued a press release following his demise, whereas tributes from the sports activities world poured in across social media Friday night.
We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman. His transcendent performance in “42” will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/8oU7QpdLSE
— MLB (@MLB) August 29, 2020
After “42” came out in 2013, Boseman appeared in “Draft Day” the following year, playing the role of an NFL prospect whom the general manager of the Cleveland Bowns (performed by Kevin Costner) was contemplating drafting.
In February, Boseman was a choose during the much-discussed dunk contest as a part of NBA All-Star Weekend. Two years earlier on the similar occasion, he helped Victor Oladipo placed on a Black Panther masks earlier than the Indiana Pacers star converted a dunk while wearing it.
Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said. He was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.
“A real fighter, Chadwick persevered by way of all of it, and introduced you lots of the movies you’ve got come to like a lot,” his household stated within the assertion. “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.”
Boseman had not spoken publicly about his analysis.
Information from The Associated Press was used on this report.