Actor Chadwick Boseman has died. His family confirmed on his social media channels that he passed away after a four-year-long battle with colon cancer. He had not gone public with his diagnosis in those four years, continuing to film projects amid surgeries and chemotherapy.
The statement reads in part, “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."
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
He garnered mainstream attention when he portrayed iconic baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42. But the actor was perhaps best known for his role as T'Challa in Marvel's blockbuster film, Black Panther. He first debuted in the role Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. He also played several more historical figures other than Robinson, including James Brown in Get on Up and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.
Boseman's presumed final film role will be Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which will be released on Netflix this fall. Fellow members of Black Hollywood mourned Boseman shortly after his death was announced.
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“It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day. And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever! We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs, preparing for the day together as mother and son. I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother...”thou aren’t not dead but flown afar...”. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.” #WakandaForever
Chadwick.....no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity........It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you....Rest well prince...May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/6abglPBOsh
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 29, 2020
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 29, 2020
F*ck this yr. He was battling stage 4 cancer while being our superhero. & to think people made fun of him for the weight loss. The tongue is a powerful weapon. Be wise in how you use it. Hoping he never doubted his royalty. Praying for his family
— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) August 29, 2020
Chadwick was really out here shooting all of these huge action movies while fighting stage 4 colon cancer. Man. Strong isn’t even the word.
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) August 29, 2020
Eternally in power
— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) August 29, 2020
May you have a beautiful return, King. We will miss you so. pic.twitter.com/jdip3RHoXb
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 29, 2020
This broke me.
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) August 29, 2020
This is a crushing blow.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) August 29, 2020
A warrior of light til the very end. A true king. I am without words. May he rise in power. https://t.co/50nfbvZpAq
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 29, 2020
I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed. ???????????????? https://t.co/8rK4dWmorq
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) August 29, 2020
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Gutted at the loss of you. We needed you now more than ever. I loved you, man. We all did. You will be missed. Our little black boys lost a superhero today. Black Panther has wings now. We all gained an angel. This man made sure our heroes would live on forever. Heroes like: Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown. You loved us. Let’s love on each other y’all.
God of our silent tears! A brillant & talented actor, gone to soon. @chadwickboseman you leave this earth w/a beautiful body of work. When you graced our screens you brought the dignity & grace we could all be proud of. My prayers are with your loving family. RIP my dear son CTD
— Cicely Tyson (@IAmCicelyTyson) August 29, 2020
Hard to hear about this.
Rest in love, brother.
Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family. https://t.co/hNAWav7Cq8
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 29, 2020
More to come.