Boseman, who had kept his fight against the disease secret for four years, had won acclaim for his portrayal of strong black characters on film, including baseball great Jackie Robinson in ‘42’ and musician James Brown in ‘Get on Up’.
However, it was for his role as titular star of Marvel’s Black Panther that he will be most popularly remembered in a film seen as a cultural milestone due to its predominantly black cast and director.
Many footballers have subsequently copied Black Panther’s famous actions, with ARSENAL forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrating a goal in the Community Shield against LIVERPOOL by striking the Wakanda Forever pose.
The Gabonese frontman had previously toasted a strike against RENNES in the EUROPEAN LEAGUE Nby pulling on the superhero’s mask and impersonating his stance.
“I needed a mask that would represent me,” he told BT Sport in the aftermath. “It is a Black Panther and in Africa in Gabon we call the national team the Panther of Gabon. It represents me.”