Lead actor for the Black Panther movie, Chadwick Boseman, 43, passed on a few days ago after a long 4-year battle with colon cancer due to complications.
Chadwick Boseman had been silent about his condition and hadn’t spoken publicly about his health, which is why his passing came as a shock to many.
The 43-year-old actor had been known for playing leading roles that portrayed and symbolized influential Black American icons such as Jackie Robinson and James Brown before launching to fame as the lead in the Black Panther, a Marvel superhero franchise.
For many, the Black Panther character was seen as an inspiration for young black people since it was the first high-profile black Marvel superhero movie that had a focus on African/black people who were part of a strong country known for its advanced technological feats.
Many tributes were made to Boseman as an actor and his role as Black Panther, with some remembering him mostly for his impact on many families and the black community in general.
Former President Barack Obama paid tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman on Twitter saying: “Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed.”
“To be young, 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,” Barack wrote.
Meanwhile, the governor of Boseman’s home state of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, said all flags at the statehouse had been ordered to fly at half-staff on Sunday to “honour the life, contributions and memory” of the actor on his Twitter.
To honour the life, contributions and memory of a truly extraordinary son of South Carolina @chadwickboseman – I have ordered the flags atop the Statehouse to be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Sunday, August 30, 2020, from sunrise to sunset. — Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) August 29, 2020
Many are still in shock after news broke out about Chadwick Boseman’s passing
Chadwick Aaron Boseman born November 29, 1976, was an American actor and producer. He played several historical figures, such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017).
His role as the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Black Panther (2018), made him an international star, winning him an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
A statement from the Jackie Robinson Foundation read: “A consummate professional, he absorbed every story, every memory and every photo and film excerpt he could consume to help translate the soul of an American hero.
And now, Chadwick will be etched in history as a hero in his own right, especially have shown millions of Black and brown children the power of a superhero who looks like them. Chadwick – may you rest in peace eternally. Take your place among the greats. You earned it,”.
Boseman, who had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which eventually progressed to stage IV before 2020 had never spoken publicly about his health. During treatment, he continued to work and completed production for several films, including Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and others.
Boseman died at his home as a result of complications related to colon cancer on August 28, 2020, with his wife and family by his side, reports stated. May his soul rest in peace.
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