…Hit-and-run driver kills commercial motorcyclist in Ilorin***
Hollywood actor, Chadwick Boseman, who played King T’Challa in the 2018 American superhero movie, “Black Panther,” is dead, aged 43.
He died in Los Angeles, California, on Friday evening after a four-year battle with colon cancer, his family said in a statement on his official Twitter handle.
According to Wikipedia, Boseman’s ancestors is partly from the Yoruba ethnic group in Nigeria, and partly from the Krio and Limba in Sierra Leone.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have to love so much,” it said.
The statement disclosed that several movies featuring the late actor, including Da 5 Bloods and Black Bottom, were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy for him.
The family added that it was the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side,” they stated, thanking his fans for their love and prayers for him.
Born in South Carolina, Chadwick attended the famous HBCU, Howard University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, according to entertainment magazine, TMZ.
In the meantime, a hit-and-run driver on Friday killed a commercial motorcyclist on the overhead bridge at the popular post office area in Ilorin.
The accident, which occurred at about 4:10 pm, a source said, was due to over-speeding by the driver of a private car and the commercial motorcyclist.
The duo reportedly had a head-on collision, leading to the death of the motorcyclist on the spot.
According to the source, who preferred anonymity, the incident also left the passenger at the back of the motorcycle seriously injured.
When a Correspondent visited the scene, officials of the Kwara Traffic Management Agency (KWARTMA) were seen conveying the corpse and the injured passenger to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
Efforts to stop the driver of the private car who knocked down the victim was said to be abortive.
When contacted, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kwara, confirmed the incident.