The year 2020 has really been an unusual year that has ‘swallowed’ many, and the sad news about the passing on of Chadwick Boseman is one. Chadwick Boseman, who played black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as Black Panther, died on Friday 28th August of cancer at the age of 43.
“He had so much amazing work still left to create” — Captain America Actor Chris Evans
Chadwick Boseman passed on at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side. His family had said in a statement that he was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. The statement read, “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.”
Surprisingly, Chadwick Boseman did not disclose his condition but kept on moving like a warrior that he is.
He was born in South Carolina and he graduated from Howard University and had some minute roles in television before his first-star appearance in 2013. As expected, the sad news of Boseman’s death generated a lot of reaction on social media. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted that Boseman “inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want – even superheroes”.
“This is a crushing blow,” actor and director Jordan Peele mentioned on Twitter.
Captain America actor Chris Evans called Boseman “a true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create.”
Boseman’s Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo tweeted: “Brother, you were one of the all-time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.”
Leading US civil rights organisation the NAACP praised Boseman for “showing us how to conquer adversity with grace” and “to walk like a King, without losing the common touch”.
He is survived by his wife and a parent and had no children.
Nigerian NewsNow commiserates with the family.