A statement posted on Mr. Boseman’s Instagram account said the
actor had learned in 2016 that he had Stage 3 colon cancer, and
that it had progressed to Stage 4. His publicist confirmed that he
died in his home in Los Angeles, with his wife, Taylor Simone
Ledward, and family by his side.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought
you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the
statement said. “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.”
Mr. Boseman was a private figure by Hollywood standards and rarely
publicized details about his personal life. He found fame
relatively late as an actor — he was 35 when he appeared in his
first prominent role, as Jackie Robinson in “42” — but made up
for lost time with a string of star-making performances in major
What a shock. What an amazing talent.
Yesterday was, coincidentally, Jackie Robinson Day across MLB — every player on every team wore Robinson’s 42.