Chadwick Boseman Remembered by Peers, Colleagues After ‘Black Panther’ Star’s Death


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Late Friday evening, the news hit like a punch to the gut: Chadwick Boseman, actor and star of Marvel’s Black Panther film and a revered figure in and around the entertainment world, had passed away at the age of just 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

This news was particularly unfathomable for many, considering Boseman’s cancer diagnosis had not been made public. Nobody knew he was suffering outside of his family and inner circle, which made the announcement of his death such a tragic surprise:

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Said Kevin Feige, Marvel CCO and president of Marvel Studios:

“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”

Before becoming a household name with his starring role in 2018’s Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman starred in 2013’s 42, the story of Major League Baseball icon Jackie Robinson. Boseman’s death on Aug. 28 came the very same day the sport was celebrating Robinson’s legacy.

News of Boseman’s death rattled many on social media — sparking numerous realizations that Boseman’s 2016 cancer diagnosis came before Black Panther‘s release and various other film projects including Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and others.

That means he underwent production on those films, press junkets and other various obligations while in the throes of a secret fight with cancer.

That’s powerful, and speaks to the man Boseman was — a concept echoed in many of the social media remembrances from his colleagues, peers and friends in the entertainment industry.

The impact of Black Panther was especially significant for the Black community, something Variety summed up well in its piece on Boseman’s death:

It’s difficult to overstate the impact “Black Panther” and Boseman had on the larger culture. The film was the first superhero movie ever nominated by the Academy Awards for best picture, earning six other nominations and winning three. More to the point, as Black Panther, Boseman presented to the world an image of a powerful and thoughtful Black man who was the leader of a thriving African nation and a superhero willing to race into whatever battle he felt was worth fighting, no matter the odds.

Before “Black Panther” premiered, he was asked by Variety about the possibility of making a sequel.

“I’m enjoying this moment,” he said. “If we start talking about sequels — if we do four of them, two of them, three of them — I just want them all to be special like this one.”

Boseman is survived by his wife and family.

Boseman’s Marvel films co-stars, including Brie Larson (Captain Marvel):

Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man):

Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk):

Chris Evans, Captain America in the Marvel film series:

Chris Pratt, star of Guardians of the Galaxy:

As well as others, including …

Stevie Wonder:

Acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay:

Jordan Peele:

Paul Stanley of KISS:

Among many more.

The death of Chadwick Boseman is an immeasurable loss for the entertainment industry, and he will be missed.

May he rest in peace, and may his family, friends — and the millions of young fans he had thanks to Black Panther — find comfort during this difficult time.


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