MANILA (UPDATE) - Chadwick Boseman, the star of Marvel superhero hit "Black Panther," has succumbed to cancer.
In a post on his Twitter page, his camp announced the actor's passing after 4 years of battling colon cancer.
"It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman," read the statement posted Saturday (Manila time).
Boseman "died in his home, with his wife and family by his side," it said.
"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love... It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther," it said, referring to Boseman's best-known character.
The actor, 42, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and continued making films "during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy," including the 2018 blockbuster hit hailed for giving prominence to Black actors in a superhero film.
Earlier this year, Boseman appeared in the Netflix release "Da 5 Bloods," a story about four African-American war veterans who ventured back to Vietnam decades later to find the remains of their squad leader and a stash of gold.
"The family thanks you for your love and prayers and asks that you continue to respect their privacy at this difficult time," the statement read.
Marvel mourned Boseman's passing, posting an image of his "Black Panther" poster on Instagram.
"Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman's family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest in Peace," the studio said.
Several actors also expressed their grief, with actor, producer and director Jordan Peele calling his passing "a crushing blow."
Actor Jamie Foxx took to Instagram to express sadness for Boseman's passing.
"Please Jesus please... I know you know what’s best... but at this moment our hearts are writhing with so much pain... so to lose this beautiful black king renders me weak...please watch over his family and loved ones.... @chadwickboseman you have touched the lives of all of us... u will forever be remembered in the highest regard... REST IN POWER! our black king! Our black panther!" he wrote, posting an image of Boseman.
Zoe Saldana, who appeared in another Marvel Film "Guardians of the Galaxy," posted a comment on a post announcing Boseman's passing on the latter's Instagram page.
"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!" she wrote.