Boseman first broke out by appearing as Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42. His death happened on the same day that Major League Baseball celebrated its annual Jackie Robinson Day.
"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 a statement [via the Associated Press]. "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 honour of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther."
Read the full statement from Boseman's estate below, where you'll also find a series of tributes to the late actor.
This is a crushing blow.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) August 29, 2020
This broke me.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) August 29, 2020
Chadwick was really out here shooting all of these huge action movies while fighting stage 4 colon cancer. Man. Strong isn't even the word.— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) August 29, 2020
Chadwick Boseman is a big reason why our kids don't have to wonder about what a Black superhero is.— Brian Josephs (@Bklyn_Rock) August 29, 2020
I'm floored. Rest In Peace, Chadwick Boseman.— Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson) August 29, 2020
Such a brutal loss. RIP, Chadwick.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 29, 2020