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•  Chadwick Boseman, who in just the past decade embodied a number of real-life African-American heroes as well as one of comic book fiction's most prominent African heroes, passed away on Friday of colon cancer at the age of 43.

His biggest hit, of course, was Black Panther, in which he played the eponymous superhero T’Challa, who ruled the highly advanced African nation of Wakanda;  he also played the role

in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame - all of which, apparently, he acted in after receiving his colon cancer diagnosis.

Boseman also played baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson in 42, musician James Brown in Get On Up, and civil rights lawyer and future Associate Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.