SC governor orders flags to fly at half-staff in honor of SC native Chadwick Boseman

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FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the flags atop the Statehouse to be lowered to half-staff following the death of SC native Chadwick Boseman.

The flags will fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, August 30. 

In a tweet on Saturday, Gov. McMaster said the flags will be presented to Boseman’s family.

Boseman died from colon cancer at age 43 on Friday, according to a representative for the actor.

He is most well known for his lead role in Marvel’s “Black Panther” and for playing Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown.

His family said he was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. He had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement. “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. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.

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