This horrible and shocking news made my heart hit the floor. 2020 continues to be every fucking kind of awful, because Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, has died from colon cancer. Chadwick was the very, very young age of 43.
The punch-to-the-gut news came from a post on Chadwick Boseman’s Instagram page, which says that four years ago, he learned that the horrible demon known as cancer had been messing with him. He was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. Over the years, it had progressed to stage IV. Chadwick fought hard while keeping his illness private and continuing to work and while fight for social justice. He died at his home in Los Angeles while surrounded by his family including his wife Taylor Simone Ledward.
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It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the 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. Photo Credit: @samjonespictures
Chadwick Boseman was born in Anderson, South Carolina, and Wikipedia tells me that he got into the arts early by writing and staging a play during his junior year of high school. Chadwick then went to Howard University, where he got his Bachelor in Fine Arts in directing, and Phylicia Rashad was went of his mentors.
His first professional acting job was a guest spot on the Third Watch in 2003 and from there he did guest spots on Law & Order, CSI: NY, ER, Cold Case, Castle, and Fringe. Chadwick’s big break came when he was cast as Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42. A year later, he starred as James Brown in Get On Up. And in 2016, he got cast as T’Challa/Black Panther and made his Marvel debut in Captain America: Civil War.
In 2018, Black Panther came out and became a hit on every level including becoming the first superhero movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Chadwick went on to play Black Panther in two Avengers movies. The Black Panther sequel was scheduled for 2022.
Chadwick has also starred in Gods of Egypt, Marshall (where he played Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court Justice), 21 Bridges, Da 5 Bloods, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which was his final film and has yet to be released.
Chadwick hosted Saturday Night Live in 2018 where he delivered this magic moment:
This is one of my favorite Chadwick Boseman clips pic.twitter.com/pwafyJV113
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 29, 2020
Rest in peace, Chadwick Boseman. What a loss.
posting a compilation of Chadwick Boseman laughing and enjoying life, doubt he’d want y’all to be depressed pic.twitter.com/K9ytY8fVBh
— Young Simba (@Mufaa6) August 29, 2020