Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman Lost His Battle With Colon Cancer, At 43

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On August 28th, Chadwick Boseman’s publicist took to social media, to announce the tragic passing of Boseman. The statement was posted on Boseman’s official social media accounts. According to his publicist, Boseman had lost his battle with Stage IV Colon Cancer. 

He was first diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer in 2016, and has fought tremendously ever since. He continued to star in several movies, and challenged himself throughout each and every one. 

According to his publicist, “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and in between countless surgeries and chemotherapy”.

Boseman was best known for his role as King T’Challa, in the 2018 Marvel film, “Black Panther”. Due to the diverse storyline, special effects, and Boseman’s ‘Wakanda King’ character portrayal, the film grossed $292 million after opening week. 

Since “Black Panther”, Boseman has gone on to star in “Avengers: Endgame”, “21 Bridges”, and “Da Blood 5”. In “21 Bridges”, Boseman played the role of a police officer, and during a 2019 interview with Breakfast Club Power, he stated that he researched the role to the fullest extent. He even shadowed LAPD officers, and traveled to New York City, to spend some time with a New York detective. He truly appeared to love his craft, and his passion for acting was eminent. 

In 2018, following the “Black Panther” release, Boseman appeared on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”. While there, he admitted that his character [T’Challa] retained skills from those around him — Okoye (played by Danai Gurira) and Nakia (played by Lupita Nyong’o). Boseman felt as though every character in the film played the role of a hero, and that there was no specific villain. Even while playing a character, Boseman never tried to take sole credit for his work. He wanted to distribute the wealth of praise and attention towards his co-stars, which radiates how humble and grounded he was. 

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Boseman also appreciated the many fans that supported him throughout his journey. In February of 2018, he attended ”The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, to surprise a handful of fans. Each one of the chosen fans were asked to thank a cardboard cutout of Boseman. After admitting how much Boseman has helped them, and thanking him for a beautiful film portrayal, Boseman jumped out from behind the curtain.

He comforted them, cracked jokes, and from a viewer’s perspective, it seemed as though he treated his fans like close friends. 

Since his passing, celebrities, co-stars, and friends have posted heartfelt tributes, towards the “Black Panther” actor.

We extend our deepest condolences to Boseman’s friends/family, and he will forever reign as the ultimate Wakanda King. 

Published by Monica Ring

Screenwriter/Journalist with a passion for storytelling

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