The world is mourning the passing of a true King following Chadwick Boseman’s death.
An actor and soldier for his people, it turns out Chadwick was sick with colon cancer when he was filming Black Panther, determined to deliver what would become one of the Black community’s proudest cultural moments. The shocking announcement of his passing was made last night on the late legend’s social media. It reads:
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.
We are heartbroken over the news and praying for his loved ones at this time. Below are some inspirational and beautiful moments that are hitting fans even more deeply now that we’ve been made aware of Chadwick’s physical, spiritual, and emotional battle. May he rest in peace.
1. “Savor the taste of your triumphs today. Don’t just swallow the moment whole without digesting what has actually happened here. Look down over what you’ve conquered and appreciate what God has brought you through,” Chadwick instructs before speaking on the importance of living in your purpose.
2. Chadwick Boseman was trading letters with kids who were suffering from terminal cancer. His pen pals informed him that they were holding on so they could be here to watch ‘Black Panther.’
Chadwick Boseman getting emotional about trading letters with kids with terminal cancer who passed before they got to see Black Panther...knowing he was himself battling cancer when he said this. Jesus. pic.twitter.com/o6l6hUjanU— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) August 29, 2020
3. “Everybody is the hero of their own story… there are people who come in and help you, but you have to be the person who deals with the conflicts that are in place. Nobody else can. Even if you pray to God, God expects you to do some things.”
“Everybody is the hero in their own story” - Chadwick Boseman pic.twitter.com/5ypw3IUHsJ— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 29, 2020
4. “An offering from a sage and a king is more than silver and gold — it is a seed of hope, a bud of faith… there is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington. And not just because of me, but my whole cast — that generation stands on your shoulders.”
this tribute to Denzel Washington by Chadwick Boseman for once paying for his tuition fees is so powerful.— Bongekile Z. Radebe (@BongiZ_Radebe) August 29, 2020
“an offering by a sage and king is more than silver and gold. it is a seed of hope, a bud of faith...there is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington” 😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/K0mR81iXp8
5. That time Chadwick Boseman gave his award to another hero, James Shaw Jr., who saved lives when he disarmed a gunman with a rifle at a Nashville Waffle House.
6. “Grandpa’s hands played the tambourine so well….” Chadwick calmly and sweetly singing Bill Withers in an on-screen moment with Peter Travers.
You told OUR stories. You reminded us that we are royal. Thank you for all you shared. A truly remarkable & kind person. You are walking with the ancestors now. Rest easy, rest in power & in peace, Chadwick. Sending so much love to his family & loved ones. #RepresentationMatters pic.twitter.com/7zyPXjZzGR— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) August 29, 2020