Chadwick Boseman, the actor who brought us the first black superhero movie, has passed away at age 43 at his home in Los Angeles, California, United States. He died peacefully at home with his wife and family beside him, as reported by his publicist.
The actor was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. Many of his movies like Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom which is scheduled for posthumous release and several more movies were filmed between surgeries and chemotherapy.
Chadwick was born to Africa-American parents on November 29, 1976, in Anderson, South California, United States. He was raised a Christian and once said he prayed to get the role of Black Panther. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing. According to Chadwick, DNA testing indicated that his ancestors were from Krio people in Sierra Leone, Yoruba people from Nigeria and Limba people from Sierra Leone.
Chadwick starred in several movies, playing minor roles until 2013 when he portrayed a baseball star Jack Robinson in 42. In 2014, he starred as James Brown in Get on Up and 2016, he starred as Thoth, a deity from Egyptian mythology, in Gods of Egypt.
In 2016 he earned his first five-picture deal with Marvel to portray the Marvel Comics character T’Challa / Black Panther. Black Panther was released in 2018 breaking numerous box office records. It became the highest-grossing film by a black director, the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time and the third-highest-grossing film in the U.S. and Canada. It is also the second-highest-grossing film of 2018.
Chadwick reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Both films were the highest-grossing of the year they were released. In the same year 2019 he starred in 21 Bridges, an American action thriller film, as an NYPD detective who shuts down 21 bridges in and out of Manhattan to find two suspected cop killers. His last movie to be released in his lifetime was Da 5 Bloods, a Netflix war drama released on June 12, 2020.
Since hearing news of his death on August 28, 2020, many public figures and fans have expressed their grief and have flooded the social media with tributes. Oprah Winfrey called him “a gentle gifted soul” in her tweet. His Marvel Cinematic Co-star, Don Cheadle wrote on his social media, “I will miss you, birthday brother. You were always light and love to me.” Dwayne Johnson posted on his page, “thank you for sharing your light and sharing your talent with the world.” Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth described his death as “absolutely devastating”. Hemsworth described him as one of the kindest most genuine people he has ever met. Joe Biden tweeted that Chadwick “inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want – even superheroes”.
Chadwick was survived by his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward whom he married in 2019.
A true king who showed unwavering courage and strength until the end. He will be missed and generations to come will speak of his name for a long time to come.
Wakanda will always be forever