'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman dies

His family confirmed the death in a statement posted on his Twitter page on Saturday.

FILE: Chadwick Boseman played the title role, T'Challa' in 'Black Panther'. Picture: Marvel.com

JOHANNESBURG - United States actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing the role of T'Challa in the hit Marvel superhero movie Black Panther, has died of cancer.

His family confirmed the death in a statement posted on his Twitter page on Saturday.

It said 43-year-old Boseman died at home in Los Angeles with his family by his side.

He had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.

Stars from the Marvel cinematic universe and across Hollywood are paying tribute to Boseman following his death.

Fans across the world including here at home are paying tribute to the actor on social media with many praising him for his courage.

Veteran actor John Kani who played the role of T'challa's father in the highly acclaimed movie said he was devastated by Boseman's passing: β€œI am devastated by this young man who was such a great promise. But he worked so hard knowing that his time was limited. He will leave a memorable mark in Hollywood.”

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