Devastated stars have paid emotional tributes to Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman after his death aged 43.
The Marvel star, who appeared in the 2018 blockbuster hit as T’Challa, died from colon cancer.
The news was confirmed in a statement posted on Instagram by the star’s family late on Friday in the US.
They wrote: “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
“The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
His family opened up about “true fighter” Boseman’s battle with cancer.
They added: “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.
“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.”
Captain America’s Chris Evans led Hollywood tributes as the industry came to terms with its loss.
Evans, 39, said: “This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original.”
He continued: “He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. Few performers have such power and versatility.
“He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in power, King.’
Batman actress Zoe Saldana, 42, praised Boseman’s talent in her own tribute on social media.
She wrote: “The classiest avenger and most quiet warrior. My heart is heavy right now.
“I wished I had the courage to tell you how your performance of T’Challa was the best portrayal of a King I had ever seen. Rest in Power and Grace Brother. My sons will know your name forever!”
Bond Girl and fellow Marvel star Halle Berry, 54, added: “Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles.
“You never truly know what the people around you might be going through – treat them with kindness and cherish every minute you have together. RIP #ChadwickBoseman.”
And Chadwick’s co-star Tom Holland, 24, took to Instagram to laud a lost role model.
He wrote: “Chadwick, you were even more of a hero off screen than on. A role model not only to me on set, but to millions of others around the world.
“You brought joy and happiness to so many and I’m proud to have been able to call you a friend. RIP Chadwick.”