Black Panther star Ryan Coogler died on Saturday at age 90, the Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Oscar-winning actor died at his home in Atlanta.
Cooglers death came just days after the Atlanta police chief announced the city had charged a white man with murder for allegedly shooting at a black man and stabbing him in the back with a knife, according to a news release from the Atlanta Police Department.
Coogs friends told The Hill that he was in good spirits on Saturday morning.
“He had the best smile on his face,” said his friend, Tonya Fonseca, in an interview with The Hill.
“It was just amazing.”
The news of Coogles death quickly caused a ripple of grief on social media, with thousands of people sharing the heartbreaking news and posting their own remembrances on social networking sites.
“This was such a tragedy,” said one woman who posted on Twitter.
“Ryan is my best friend.
His life meant so much to me.
He was the best.”
According to the release, the incident occurred at the Coogloses home.
The black man was allegedly approached by three men, one of whom allegedly pointed a gun at him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The victim then pulled out a knife and stabbed the man several times in the head.
The man died at the scene.
“The Atlanta Police Chief says the man who was shot was armed with a gun and that it was a ‘surgical wound,'” the release said.
“As for the three other suspects, all have been identified as African American males.”
Cooglias family has requested privacy as the investigation continues, according the release.
Coognos death is the latest in a long line of tragic deaths in the world of Black Panther.
Black Panther, which won three Oscars, was co-created by Steve Martin and Joe Carnahan.
It also inspired the 2012 movie Black Panther: Rise of the Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman.
It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actress.