Chadwick Boseman, commonly known as the figurine that gave life to the marvel “Black Panther” character has after along and excruciating battle with colon cancer succumbed to an inevitable and untimely death which has farther imprecated the year 2020 in the eyes of his very many devotees.
The 43 year old actor breathed his last while at home with his family and wife by his side according to a statement posted on his Twitter account by his publicist Nicki Fioravante. He had been between countless surgeries and chemotherapy sessions with the latest being this very month of August. These were all filmed to act as glimmer of hope to his scattered family and friends.
The statement also revealed that the role of King T’Challa aka Black Panther was the role of his career and what kept him fighting until he couldn’t anymore.
Boseman is a renowned graduate from Howard University and a South Carolina native. He graduated from Howard, a historically Black college in Washington DC in 2000 during which he also attended the British American Drama Academy in 1998, according to Howard’s website.
“It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of alumnus Chadwick Boseman who passed away this evening. His incredible talent will forever be immortalized through his characters and through his own personal journey from student to superhero! Rest in Power, Chadwick!” University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement.
Boseman’s various performances include playing Jackie Robinson in “42” in 2013 and according to Howard’s website “His transcendent performance in ’42’ will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come,” Major League Baseball tweeted from their official Twitter account Friday.
Boseman made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2016 as T’Challa/Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War”. Black Panther then got his own stand-alone movie that released in 2018, which broke box office records. Marvel Studios president then agreed that the second movie of the “Black Panther” saga would debut in theaters in May 2022.
The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in “Get on up” and Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall”
Boseman while in his alma mater in 2018 gave a speech to the graduates about his early days acting on soap operas, saying he was fired from an unnamed production during his early acting days after he questioned what he felt was its stereotypical portrayal of Black characters.
Sen. Kamala Harris, who is also an alumna of Howard, said she was “heartbroken” over Boseman’s death.
“My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble,” she tweeted “He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family.”
Chadwick Boseman will prominently live on in the hearts of many all around the globe, as Black Panther would say; Boseman Forever.