Remebering the late “Black Panther” actor
Chadwick Boseman, who inspired audiences worldwide as Black Panther in Marvel’s blockbuster movie franchise died last Friday of cancer. He was 43 years old. The actor was also known for playing the role Black American icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown in various films.
Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side. He was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said. “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.”
Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University. He took on small TV roles before officially rising to stardom in 2013. His outstanding portrayal of baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in “42” made him Hollywood famous. A year later, he blew audiences away with his portrayal of Brown in the biopic “Get On Up.”
Upon hearing the news of his passing, fans across the globe expressed their shock and despair. Fellow actors, athletes, musicians, Hollywood titans, fans, and politicians alike expressed their sorrow.
Disney executive chairman Bob Iger called Boseman “an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met. He brought enormous strength, dignity, and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther.” Boseman’s fellow Marvel co-stars all wrote heartfelt messages on social media.
“Captain America” actor Chris Evans called Boseman “a true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create.”
Mark Ruffalo (aka the Hulk) said, “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.”
By: Maytinee Kramer