Sadly, actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his portrayal of superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has passed away due to complications from colon cancer at the age of 43.
Rest In Peace, Chadwick Boseman
The news of Chadwick Boseman came to a shock to nearly everyone, as the actor never disclosed his diagnosis to the public. Instead, he privately endured stage three colon cancer, which eventually progressed into stage four in 2016. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the actor’s family said in a Twitter post on August 29, 2020. “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.”
Boseman is survived by his wife and one parent, with no siblings or children. Of course, Boseman first hit it big as the incredible King T’Challa, aka Black Panther, in the Marvel superhero movie of the same name. However, over the years, the actor became so much more – he became a superhero in real life!
Becoming Black Panther
Before becoming an actor, Boseman graduated from Howard University. Here’s a little known fact: his college was paid for by Denzel Washington! When Boseman could not afford to pay for school, his advisor, actress-turned-teacher Phylicia Rashad, called up a friend. That friend was none other than Washington, who immediately agreed to cover Boseman’s schooling. Of course, that investment paid off in spades. Boseman first began starring in TV shows in the 2000s, before moving on to film.
There, the actor first came to the attention of most viewers in 2013’s 42, where he played the iconic Jackie Robinson. “His transcendent performance in 42 will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come,” MLB representatives wrote after his passing. However, without a doubt, the highlight of his career came with Black Panther in 2018. As one of the world’s first black superheroes on film, Boseman changed the game forever. Along the way, he also brought representation that millions desired. Now, the future of that series remains in jeopardy. For now, though, few are concerned with that. Instead, fans and celebrities alike have taken to social media to share wonderful memories of Boseman…
Memories of Superhero
After Boseman’s passing, Denzel Washington was one of the first to speak out. “He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career,” Washington said in a statement. “God bless Chadwick Boseman.” However, plenty more also remembered Boseman for the superhero he was.
“May you have a beautiful return, King. We will miss you so,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay wrote in a small post grieving the loss. Meanwhile, Marvel, the publishing company behind the Black Panther comics, wrote, “Your legacy will live on forever.” Of course, some of the most heartbreaking tributes came from Boseman’s friends and co-stars. “Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create,” Chris Evans, formerly Captain Ameria, said about his friend and co-star.
Rest in peace, Chadwick Boseman.