Chadwick Boseman, the enigmatic star who gave a magnificent performance in the Marvel movie Black Panther succumbed to Colon Cancer on 28th August 2020.
Chadwick Boseman was 43 and died at his home with his wife and family by his side. He was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer in 2016. The condition eventually advanced to stage IV before 2020. The star had not mentioned about his cancer diagnosis in public.
He continued to work in several movies during his treatment which involves chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. An official statement was released on his social media account.
His family described him as “a thorough fighter who persevered through it all in the past 4 years after being diagnosed with colon cancer”. The family thanked the fans for the love and prayers and asked them to continue to respect their privacy during the difficult time.
Condolences have started pouring in from his co-stars and other celebrities from Hollywood who were aghast on hearing the sad news.
Chris Evans also took to Twitter to offer his condolences. “I’m absolutely devastated”, the actor tweeted.
Mark Ruffalo, the Hulk in the Avenger series stated that his passing away has only made the tragedies amassing this year more profound.
Kamala Harris, the U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President tweeted, “My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble”.
Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden also took to Twitter to speak about the actor’s death. “The true power of Chadwick Boseman was bigger than anything that we saw on screen. From Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want- even superheroes”, he tweeted.
Halle Berry, Chris Evans, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, Channing Tatum, John Legend, Chris Patt, and other celebrities from all over the world have started paying their respects to the deceased actor.
Looking back at the Life of Chadwick Boseman
Source: New York Times
Chadwick Aaron Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. His father Leroy Boseman worked at a textile factory and managed an upholstery business as well.
Boseman attended the Howard University in Washington D.C with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing. One of his teachers became his mentor and helped him raise funds so that he could attend the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the London’s British American Drama Academy.
His focus originally was towards writing and directing movies. After returning to the US, he graduated from the Digital Film Academy in New York.
He was raised a Christian and was also a part of a church choir. Boseman once stated that he prayed to become Black Panther way before he was cast as the character in the Marvel movie. He was engaged to singer Taylor Simone Ledward in 2019 and married her later.
Chadwick made a global impact with his role as T’Challa and became a global icon. The news of the actor’s death was confirmed by Nicki Fioravante, his publicist.
Memorable Roles Essayed by Chadwick
Boseman lived in Brooklyn at the start of his career and worked as a drama instructor. He later moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue an acting career. He has portrayed several real-life figures such as James Brown in Get on Up, Jackie Robinson in 42, and Marshall in Marshall.
He earned worldwide recognition for his role in the Marvel blockbuster movie Black Panther. He even won Screen Actors Guild Award and an NAACP Image Award for his acting.
Boseman acted in several other Marvel Cinematic Universe films including Captain America: Civil War, Avengers Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Both Avengers movies became the highest-grossing films of all time.
His other film roles include the Netflix movie Da 5 Bloods and 21 Bridges.
The star’s death comes as a massive blow to his family, friends, and fans. Despite his illness, he kept fighting and inspiring many.
Will Marvel ever be able to find someone who could step into his shoes?
It’s a terrible tragedy to the world of cinema and humanity with the loss of an immensely talented and actor and a great human being.