Boseman’s family called him “a true fighter” and revealed he had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. Chadwick Boseman decided not to go public with his cancer diagnosis and kept it private to only those he knew personally. The actor still kept his condition private even after skin-and-bones looking photos of himself appeared on social media.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” a statement from his family reads, which was posted on his Instagram and Twitter.
“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 Boseman gave credit to Denzel Washington for getting him started in acting. Washington also paid for Boseman’s college tuition for him to study at Oxford. Boseman won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble for Black Panther in 2019.
Boseman is best known for his iconic role as T’Challa in the MCU movie installments, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, but he has also had acting roles in other well-known movies. Boseman has played Black icons such as James Brown (Get on Up), Thurgood Marshall (Marshall), and Jackie Robinson (42).
He also recently starred in a Spike Lee war movie on Netflix that was released in June called Da 5 Bloods. Boseman also finished filming a movie version of a stage drama by August Wilson called Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom opposite Viola Davis that is scheduled to be released later this year.
The heartbreaking news shook his fans and friends, including Marvel co-stars who outpoured grief on social media on Friday with their tributes and condolences.
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020
I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking.
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💙 pic.twitter.com/oBERXlw66Z
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 29, 2020
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
— Don" 't stop believing" Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 29, 2020
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 29, 2020
My heart breaks hearing this tragic news. RIP, Chadwick Boseman. 🕊❤️ pic.twitter.com/62NmDViO7K
— HTGAWM 🅙 (@fyeahtgawm) August 29, 2020
This is a crushing blow.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) August 29, 2020
A warrior of light til the very end. A true king. I am without words. May he rise in power. https://t.co/50nfbvZpAq
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 29, 2020
I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed. 🤜🏿🤛🏿 https://t.co/8rK4dWmorq
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) August 29, 2020
Devastating news. We lost a great one. Takoto mai rā e Āriki. #chadwickboseman
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) August 29, 2020
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) August 29, 2020
Hard to hear about this.
Rest in love, brother.
Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family. https://t.co/hNAWav7Cq8
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 29, 2020
Truly a gentleman superstar on screen and in life. Pure excellence and class and grace. https://t.co/yTCGrwZaJM
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 29, 2020
❤️❤️❤️thank you for the gifts you gave to us while you were here. https://t.co/fvgFMCz89v
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) August 29, 2020
An immeasurable loss. From "Black Panther" to "Da 5 Bloods," Chadwick Boseman brought strength and light to the screen, every time. pic.twitter.com/vRXxYU8Tbr
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 29, 2020
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