Sad news this morning as the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman was announced by his family last night. Chadwick at the age of 43 lost his 4-year battle with cancer first being diagnosed with stage III colon cancer back in 2016, something that wasn’t made public as he attempted to tackle it privately even shooting films between surgeries and chemotherapy.
His family who was by his side when he passed in Los Angeles made the following statement via social media.
It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
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.
He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Chadwick, a graduate from Howard University was born in South Carolina and first made waves in Hollywood playing baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42, who first crossed the color barrier.
His passing happened to take place when Major League Baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day.
Boseman was best known internationally as the actor who portrayed T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther along with other Marvel Cinematic Universe features such as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
Black Panther became a monster box office hit earning an impressive $1.3 billion and that success broke down longstanding Hollywood myths about how international audiences would react to a blockbuster with a majority black cast.
He also starred in Get On Up, Marshall, 21 Bridges, Message From The King, and most recently the Spike Lee movie Da 5 Bloods.
This news is just heartbreaking and we hope that you’ll consider getting yourselves checked regularly for cancer via cancer screenings along with donating to local or national cancer charities in Chadwick’s name.
Men’s health is something that isn’t nearly brought up often enough and making sure you’re getting screened for cancers is an important part of that, as many know that men can put off going to the doctor or seeking regular check-ups simply out of fear or pride.
Chadwick will be greatly missed and our hearts go out to his family during their time of mourning.