Who was Boseman, the Black Panther?
We are in shock as news of the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman hits the world. The 43 years old star died on Friday, 28th August, 2020, of colon cancer – a battle which he had been fighting for four years. According to his publicist, Nicki Fioravante, he spent his final hours on earth with his wife and close relatives in his Los Angeles home. He had no child.
Chadwick was born and raised in South Carolina. He graduated from Howard University and rose to fame as an actor in 2013 when he played the role of baseball icon Jackie Robinson in the historical movie 42 (2013).
This achievement later earned him a centre role the following year in Get on Up (2014), a movie which documents the life and achievements of the music icon James Brown.
He also starred in movies like The Express: The Ernie Davis Story (2008), Heaven (2012), Draft Day (2014), Message from the King (2016), Gods of Egypt (2016), Captain America. Not forgetting: Civil War (2016), Marshall (2017), Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), 21 Bridges (2019) and a whole lot more.
However, he is most known all over the world for his role as King T’Challa in the fictional futuristic movie Black Panther (2018).
The Black Panther movie – the first major studio superhero movie which featured a significantly African American cast – was one of the highest-grossing movies of that year and was nominated at the Oscars 6 times. At the Academy Awards, it won awards in three different categories: ‘best original score’, ‘best costume design’ and ‘best production design’.
His family, in their statement, talked about Chadwick, his battle with colon cancer and his movie career. According to them: “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.”
Many people did not know of Chadwick’s illness as he did not talk about his battle with cancer, and this is what make his death even more shocking that ever. His death has drawn comments from fans and celebrities alike. Some of them express their shock at his death while some talked about his legacy, which is going to last forever. He will be missed and forever remembered as one of the greatest humans to ever live. Rest in Power “King T’Challa”.