No other actor is so intensily embedded in our minds as a super hero other than Chadwick Boseman inBlack Panther. Shocking news of his passing on Friday, August 28 hit Hollywood and fans of his films like a ton of bricks. It was confirmed on the actor’s social media accounts that the 43-year old star had passed away at home with his wife and family after battling colon cancer for the last four years. He was originally diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 which eventually got worse and manifested into stage 4.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” read the statement on his social media.
Boseman did not publicly disclose his illness. A Howard University grad, Boseman was known for playing historial greats like Jackie Robinson in 42and James Brown in Get On Up, but playing, King T’Challa in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panthercemented him on the map towards greatness.
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020
God of our silent tears! A brillant & talented actor, gone to soon. @chadwickboseman you leave this earth w/a beautiful body of work. When you graced our screens you brought the dignity & grace we could all be proud of. My prayers are with your loving family. RIP my dear son CTD
— Cicely Tyson (@IAmCicelyTyson) August 29, 2020
Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, per reports. During that time, he gave us Civil War, Marshall, Black Panther, Infinity War, Endgame, 21 Bridges and Da 5 Bloods. Lord only knows what he was going through on a daily basis.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 29, 2020
I’m floored by this news, Chadwick was one of the best and I really enjoyed watching him work. RIP https://t.co/N9HtKuuMIg
— Ice Cube (@icecube) August 29, 2020