Chadwick Boseman, the actor best known for playing the role of King T’Challa in the 2018 superhero film Black Panther, has died at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. His death has come as a shock to most and he chose to keep his diagnosis secret throughout.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
- He passed away with his wife and kids by his side. Boseman’s passing was announced in a message posted to his official Twitter account in the late hours of August 28. It was also revealed that he was first diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in 2016 but it had since progressed to Stage IV. Despite many surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy, Boseman was sadly unable to beat the illness.
- Chadwick Boseman was a true fighter through and through. The fact that he managed to continue working while battling such an intense illness is mind-blowing to think about, but Boseman was the consummate professional. “As a true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you may of the films you have come to love so much,” the tweet continued. “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.”
- His friends and fellow actors came out to express their sympathies. From his former co-stars to simply peers in Hollywood who were familiar with his work and appreciated his talent, so many people took to social media to express their sadness and sympathies in the wake of Chad Boseman’s death. Mark Ruffalo wrote, “All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.” Ryan Reynolds added, “Such a brutal loss. RIP, Chadwick.”
- May Chadwick continue to be an inspiration to many even in his death. He was an immense talent and a hard-working, kindhearted man to all who knew and loved him. RIP, King.
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/C5xGkUi9oZ
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 29, 2020
I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking.
Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King💙 pic.twitter.com/oBERXlw66Z
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 29, 2020
Such a brutal loss. RIP, Chadwick.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 29, 2020