It is with a heavy heart that we report the one and only Chadwick Boseman has passed away after a four year battle with colon cancer. The outpouring of love and support to his family has been instant and powerful on all social media platforms. His family released a statement, saying, “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the tragic 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.”
Boseman, who is best known for bringing King T’Challa to life in the iconic Black Panther movie, died in his home with his wife and family by his side. He also portrayed Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall.
Chadwick had recently received many concerned and often inconsiderate messages about his severe weight loss in an IGTV posted to his Instagram account this past April. Many thought he was not eating or sleeping enough, depressed, losing weight for a role, or even abusing drugs. Sadly, he was losing a long fought battle to a disease that has taken the lives of so many loved ones.
He started his career and writing and directing, but quickly moved on to the big screen where he commanded leading roles. King T’Challa was one of the most influential roles of a generation, and will never be forgotten. He was also slated to star in Black Panther 2, which was supposed to have been released in 2022.
We are sending our love, thoughts, and prayers to the Boseman family, and all those who knew and loved him. RIP Chadwick.
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