Dreadful news. Prolific actor and hero to many, Chadwick Boseman has died at the young age of 43. According to the Associated Press, he passed surrounded by his wife and family after a four year battle with colon cancer.
Boseman, a graduate from Howard University, had a decades long career spanning the stage, television and screen. He played icons Jackie Robinson (42), Thurgood Marshall (Marshall) and James Brown (Get on Up) but it was his performance as Wakanda’s King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther and Avengers films that galvanized fans and activists. His Wakandan salute transcended film and was emulated by many in graduation ceremonies, sporting events, convention halls and every day life. This is a sad day.
Boseman found out about his colon cancer four years ago. He did not discuss it publicly. A statement from his family said, “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. 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. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. ”
Reading the above statement, I can’t help but to think of all the work he continued to do while battling this disease. He was a true king. Take a moment to look at his IMDB page. He was working until the end.
GGA’s love and prayers are with his family as they go through this incredible loss.
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