Chadwick Boseman
Actor and Howard University alum Chadwick Boseman delivers the commencement address on May 12. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who inspired millions as a superhero in the iconic movies, “Black Panther” and “Jackie Robinson,” has died of colon cancer. He was 43.
Boseman, who passed away Friday at his Los Angeles area home surrounded by his wife and family, was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, according to a family statement.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement read.
Boseman was born in South Carolina and graduated from Howard University.
He began his acting career with small roles in television before going on the large screen, where he also played R& B singer James Brown in the movie, “Get On Up.”

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