Actor Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday (28 August 2020) at age 43. He died in his home in Los Angeles with his loved ones by his side, from colon cancer which progressed to stage four. He has been battling the illness ant starred on films at the same time, being diagnosed with stage III cancer in 2016. It was the honour of his career to bring King Tchalla to life in Black Panther. He never made his diagnosis public. He carved out a niche playing Black icons like Jackie Robinson (42), James Brown (Get on Up) and Thurgood Marshall (Marshall). His most recent role was in Spike Lee’s Netflix war movie Da 5 Bloods released in June.
Boseman had also completed a film version of August Wilson’s stage drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom opposite Viola Davis slated for later this year. „Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace,” the Marvel Studios wrote. Many others expressed their feelings after Boseman’s death. „Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity……..It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you….Rest well prince…May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you! „ said between others Viola Davis. „I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed,” was the message of Sterling K Brown. „Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family,” Kamala Harris offered condolences.