The 43-year-old lost the battle against colon cancer. He kept it private and no one outside his close circle knew before his death early this morning. He is survived by his wife Taylor Simone. Read more below for more information about his life.
The vegetarian American actor was born in South Carolina. His ancestors came from the poor country of Sierra Leone, in Africa. After already getting into acting in High School, he enrolled in Howard University in Washington, DC and graduated as a Bachelor in Fine Arts. Initially he wanted to be a movie director, but his colleagues motivated him to pursue acting.
His life changed after he got roles on the TV series of Third Watch, Law & Order and ER. After that, he got some secondary roles in small movies and independent films until in 2016, where he was chosen to play T'Challa, the superhero behind Black Panther in the film Captain America with Chris Evans. After starring in the 2018 Black Panther movie, he became worldwide famous and starred again in the film Avengers: Infinity War. Politically, he supported the Democartic Party and Kamala Harris with her nomination as Vice-President for Joe Biden.
His last movie was the Netflix success of African-American director Spike Lee "Da 5 Bloods" and he struggled to act with his last breath. His co-stars from different films honored him and his family published the most incredible messages about him. Rest in peace, great fighter of life.
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