He was the victim of colon cancer….
Mr. Boseman, who was a graduate of Howard University, had a modest career as an actor and playwright before he was cast as Robinson, who in 1947 became the first Black player in major league baseball in the 20th century.
The 2013 film, titled “42” after Robinson’s uniform number, propelled Mr. Boseman to stardom. He then had the lead roles in “Get On Up,” 2014 biopic about soul star James Brown, and “Marshall,” a 2017 film about the civil rights lawyer who became the first Black justice of the U.S. Supreme Court….
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