Chadwick Boseman the superhero in the movie “Black Panther” was confirmed dead yesterday after privately battling with colon cancer since 2016. This was made known to the public by a statement from his family who was by his bed side till his death. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, and has been privately battling with it despite his appearance on set. The cancer progressed to stage 5 which has appeared to be the cause of his death.
Boseman came to limelight after he took the role of Black American icons Jackie Robbins (in 2013’s, 42) and soul singer James brown (in 2014’s Get On Up). He has been on the spotlight until the release of Blockbuster film “Black Panther” in 2018, and more likely be remembered because of this particular movie.
The news of his death has been a shock to almost everyone including director Jordan Peele (director of ‘Get Out’), who said it was “a crushing blow”. Speaking about his experience with Chadwick Boseman, he said;
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,”
Besides, in an official statement released by the family, they related to the public that during and between most of his movies he had several surgeries. They said;
“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”.