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Los Angeles : Hollywood actor Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.

Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown with searing intensity before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43.

Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.

Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.

“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. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson is Black Bottom of Ma Rainey and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King TChalla to life in Black Panther.”

Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis. He is survived by his wife and a parent and had no children, Fioravante said.

Born in South Carolina, Chadwick Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013′s 42 drew attention in Hollywood and made him a star.

A year later, he wowed audiences as Brown in the biopic Get On Up.

Chadwick Boseman died on a day that Major League Baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson day. “His transcendent performance in 42 will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell story of Jackie to audiences for generations to come,” the league wrote in a tweet.

“This is a crushing blow” actor-director Jordan Peele said on Twitter, one of many expressing shock as the news spread across social media.

“This broke me,” said actor and writer Issa Rae.

Captain America actor Chris Evans called Chadwick Boseman “a true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted that Boseman “inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes.”

His T Challa character was first introduced to the blockbuster Marvel movies in 2016′s Captain America: Civil War, and his “Wakanda Forever” salute reverberated around the world after the release of Black Panther two years ago.

“I do not think the world was ready for a "Black Panther" movie before this moment. Socially and politically, it was not ready for it,” he told AP at the time.

The  vision of film of Afrofuturism and the technologically advanced civilization of Wakanda resonated with audiences, some of whom wore African attire to showings, and helped Black Panther earn more than $1.3 billion at the global box office. It is the only Marvel Studios film to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.

The character was last seen standing silently dressed in a black suit at funeral of Tony Stark in last years Avengers: Endgame. A Black Panther sequel had been announced, and was one of the most anticipated upcoming films of studio.

Even at the outset of his Hollywood career, Boseman was clear-eyed about — and even skeptical of — the industry in which he would become an international star.

“You do not have the same exact experience as a Black actor as you do as a white actor. You do not have the same opportunities. That is evident and true,” he told AP while promoting 42. “The best way to put it is: How often do you see a movie about a black hero who has a love story … he has a spirituality. He has an intellect. It is weird to say it, but it does not happen that often.”

In addition to Robinson and Brown, Chadwick Boseman portrayed the future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in 2017′s Marshall. He humanized the larger-than-life historical figures with the same quiet dignity — interrupted by flashes of sparkling wit — that he would later bring to T Challa.

He took on his first producing job in last years action thriller 21 Bridges, in which he also starred, and was last seen on-screen in film of Spike Lee Da 5 Bloods as the leader of a group of Black soldiers in the Vietnam War.

It took some time for  moment of Chadwick Boseman to come. He first got into theater, acting and writing plays as an undergrad at Howard. He visited Africa for the first time during college with director and theatre professor Mike Malone, working in Ghana to preserve and celebrate rituals with performances on a proscenium stage. He later called the trip