It’s still so hard to think about our Super hero suffering all while effortlessly healing cinematic wounds and bringing families together across the world. Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016.
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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. Photo Credit: @samjonespictures
According to Boseman’s agent, Michael Greene, it was the “Black Panthers” mother Carolyn who requested his illness be kept on the low. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she admitted that she always taught him to be modest and humble and “not to have people fuss over him”.
Greene said Boseman was in hard core pain during the film of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” for Netflix. However he “felt that being able to be with (co star) Denzel Washington and to launch this cycle of [playwright] August Wilson at Netflix was exciting to him”.
“I remember him and Tessa [Thompson] were offered a movie, it was about two slaves, and he was like, ‘I do not want to perpetuate slavery, Greene continued. “It was like, ‘Were not going to keep perpetuating these stereotypes’, and that’s why he wanted to show men of strength and of character.”
This brave warrior passed away on Friday, August 28 at home, with his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, and other family members present with him. His death was announced on his Twitter account, setting a new record on Twitter, as “Most liked Tweet ever. A Tribute fit for a King. #wakandaforever”. The next day (Saturday) the tweet garnered upwards of 5.9 million likes, 2 million retweets and was quoted 918.4 thousand times. Fans came in droves to mourn the loss of this unforgettable South Carolina native.
Rest in power beautiful soul.