Black Panther US actor, Chadwick Boseman died of cancer at the age of 43. He died in his home in Los Angeles, with his wife and family by his side. It was a sad moment for all fans of “Wakanda” as they got to know that he had been fighting colon cancer for four years, and never made the information known to the world. Apparently, he was already fighting the cancer before “Black Panther”, the movie that made him famous, was released.
Chadwick is truly a good fighter. Amidst his struggles, he has brought to us many films which we all love. We were actually looking forward to another movie by him, but his death came as a shocking blow to the world. Jordan Peele, director of ‘Get Put’ said it was “a crushing blow.”
Some of his movies he featured in, include “The Express: The Ernie Davies Story” (2008), “The Kill Hole” (2012), “42” (2013), “Draft Day” (2014), “Get On Up” (2015), “Gods of Egypt” (2016), “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), “Message From The King” (2016), “Marshall” (2017), “Black Panther” (2018), Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), Avengers: End Game” (2019), “21 Bridges” (2019), “Da 5 Bloods” (2020), and “Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom” (released after his death).
“It was the honor of his career when he brought back T’Challa to life in Black Panther. Most of his movies were filmed during and between a number of surgeries and chemotherapy he was going through”, his family said.
Chadwick Boseman was born to Leroy and Carolyn Boseman, and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. His father worked at a textile factory, and managed an upholstery business, while his mother was a nurse. DNA tests showed that his ancestors were Krio people from Sierra Leone, Youruba people from Nigeria, and Limba people from Sierra. He graduated from T.L Hanna High School in 1995. He wrote his first play, ” Crossroads” in his junior year when one of his classmates was killed.
Chadwick went to Howard University in Washinton, D.C, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing, in 2000. Phylicia Rashad, his teacher and mentor, and Denzel Washington, an actor and a friend to Phylicia, raised funds for Chadwick and some other people to attend Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London. His desire was to write and direct, and went to study acting to learn how to relate to actors. He went ahead to graduate from New York’s Digital Film Academy.
Boseman was raised a Christian and was baptized, he served as a church choir and youth group till his death. His former pastor said he still kept his faith. Before his death, Chadwick said he prayed before he was cast as the titular character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He started dating a singer, Taylor Simone Ledward in 2015, got engaged in 2019, and secretely got married later, according to his family.
A lot of tributes has been paid to Boseman on social media by actors and celebrities, including his co-actors from the Avengers and Black Panther films. Kevin Feige, President and CCO of Marvel Studios said his death was “absolutely devastating”. In his writing, he said ” Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared in screen, he created something truly incredible. Now, he takes his place as an icon for the ages.”
His death also drew attention and responses from the politic sector, including President Barack Obama and his wife. Obama writes, “To be young and gifted, and black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.” Also, the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket nominees, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, also paid tributes to him on Twitter. Biden writes, “The true power of Chadwick Boseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robisnson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want – even superheroes.” Harris also wrote, “Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.”
His death was described as other unexpected deaths of young Black celebrities in 2020, with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Pop Smoke, and Naya Rivera. US weekly listed Boseman’s death as one of the most shocking deaths of all time. Several publications noted that Boseman died on Jackie Robinson Day, seven years after he portrayed Robinson. South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster has ordered the Statehouse flags to be lowered to half-staff on August 30, 2020, to honor his death.
On August 29, 2020, a tweet came from his account to announce his death, which was posted by his family. The tweet became the most-liked tweet ever, with over 6 million likes in 24 hours.