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News18 Afternoon Digest: Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman’s Shock Demise and Other Top Headlines

In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

These are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman’s shock demise due to cancer plunges fans and MCU in mourning; India records 1,000-plus coronavirus deaths for fourth straight day; V-P Venkaiah Naidu’s exclusive interview; and first case of Covid-19 reinfection surfaces in US.

Chadwick Boseman, Star of Black Panther and Avengers, Dies of Colon Cancer At 43

Chadwick Boseman, star of the ground-breaking superhero movie "Black Panther," has died after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP Friday. Boseman, 43, never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films during and between "countless" operations and chemotherapy, his family said in a statement. "It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in 'Black Panther,'" they said. READ MORE

‘Rest in Power King Chadwick Boseman’: From Chris Evans to Mark Ruffalo, Avengers Assemble to Mourn the Loss

The Marvel Cinematic Universe was united in grief on Saturday after the shock demise of actor Chadwick Boseman following a private battle with colon cancer. Captain America actor Chris Evans called Boseman “a true original”, while Mark Ruffalo who plays Hulk/Bruce Banner said the “the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of Chadwick Boseman”. READ MORE

India Reports 1,000+ Deaths for 4th Consecutive Day, Total Tally Crosses 34 Lakh With Spike of 76,400 New Cases

India's Covid-19 case tally has crossed 34 lakh-mark with a spike of 76,472 new cases and 1,021 deaths in the last 24 hours. This is the fourth straight day that the country reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 fatalities. The total count in the country stands at 34,63,973, including 7,52,424 active cases, the health ministry said on Saturday. LIVE UPDATES

Was Confined During Emergency for 17 Months, Covid Confinement Totally Different: V-P Venkaiah Naidu

Ahead of Parliament's monsoon session, scheduled to begin next month, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu shared with CNN-News18 the elaborate plans in the works to ensure the proceedings are conducted safely and efficiently amid the Covid-19 crisis. He also disclosed the routines and approaches he has followed to keep himself and his family away from harm while staying physically and mentally fit during the lockdown. READ ON

First Case of Reinfection Comes to Light in US as Nevada Man Develops More Severe Covid-19

Researchers for the first time have identified someone in the United States who was reinfected with the novel coronavirus, according to a study that has not yet been reviewed by outside experts. The report, published online, describes a 25-year-old man living in Reno, Nevada, who tested positive for the virus in April after showing mild illness. He got sick again in late May and developed more severe COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. READ MORE