Actor Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020 at the age of 43. The iconic 'Black Panther' actor was battling with cancer from the last for years.
Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles. You never truly know what the people around you might be going through - treat them with kindness and cherish every minute you have together. RIP #ChadwickBoseman pic.twitter.com/NaNC5GKuut— Halle Berry (@halleberry) August 29, 2020
Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press. Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. In a statement, his family said,
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.
Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013′s "42" drew attention in Hollywood and made him a star.
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/YQMrEJy90x— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 29, 2020
His T'Challa character was first introduced to the blockbuster Marvel movies in 2016′s "Captain America: Civil War," and his "Wakanda Forever" salute reverberated around the world after the release of "Black Panther" two years ago. The character was last seen standing silently dressed in a black suit at Tony Stark's funeral in last year's "Avengers: Endgame."
When asked about the difficulty of being a black actor, Boseman once said,
You don't have the same exact experience as a Black actor as you do as a white actor. You don't have the same opportunities. That's evident and true. The best way to put it is: How often do you see a movie about a black hero who has a love story - with a black woman, or any woman for that matter... he has a spirituality. He has an intellect. It's weird to say it, but it doesn't happen that often.