Chadwick Boseman, most known for his role of T'Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, passed away at the age of 43. Before becoming globally known as Black Panther, Boseman played black icons, Jackie Robinson and James Brown. He died at home with his family and wife by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.
Boseman was no stranger to NBA games. Most famously, Victor Oladipo gave him the Black Panther salute in the 2018 NBA dunk contest. His roles of Jackie Robinson and James Brown made him especially influential among athletes, shocked by this news. Of all days, Boseman passed away on Jackie Robinson day.