Alexandra O’Neal, Correspondent
Chadwick Boseman, known for his powerful Black American roles as Jackie Robinson, James Brown and King T’Challa, passed away on Friday, Aug. 28 after a four-year battle with cancer.
He had been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, and continued his work as an actor until it progressed to stage four. He died at the age of 43 surrounded by his wife and family in his Los Angeles home.
His family named Chadwick “a true fighter” through these years, saying that “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.”
Chadwick’s death was mourned by his fellow actors and friends, along with thousands of fans across the world.
Marvel Studios tweeted about the loss, writing, “our hearts are broken…your legacy will live on forever.” Marvel memorialized Boseman by tweeting photos of Boseman during the filming of Black Panther.
Chris Evans, an actor and friend of Boseman, wrote that he was “absolutely devastated” by the news of Boseman’s passing. Evans tweeted that “Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King.”
Even former President Barack Obama, who met Chadwick at the White House during his role as Jackie Robinson, tweeted in memory of Chadwick.
“You could tell right away that he was blessed,” said Obama. “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.”
Chadwick will be remembered as a talented actor, a great friend and colleague, and an iconic figure in the Black American community.