I wish I was writing better news for you. I wish the headlines of 2020 were different. But here we are and there’s only so much we can process.
After a four year battle with cancer actor Chadwick Boseman, who rose the ranks of Hollywood to become one of the most recognizable faces in the industry, passed away with family by his side on August 28th, 2020. Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and still managed to work through chemo treatments and surgery- delivering us some of the most iconic on screen performances. Best known as, “Black Panther” of the Marvel Universe Chadwick was also known for portraying real life icons like James Brown in Get on Up, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall and Jackie Robinson in 42. Ironically enough Boseman’s death came as the MLB observed Jackie Robinson Day. Jackie Robinson Day is usually April 15th but the celebration was moved to Aug. 28th this season due to the Covid-19 effected schedule.
Chadwick, born in South Carolina and a Howard University alum, also starred in Da 5 Bloods, Draft Day, 21 Bridges and other screen commanding roles. His starring role as T’Challa in Black Panther catapulted Boseman to the top of the Hollywood ranks and its cultural impact was felt worldwide. His five picture deal with Marvel began with Captain America: Civil War and he also starred in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Chadwick was set to return to Wakanda in Black Panther 2. The last movie he worked on was Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Chadwick Boseman leaves behind his wife Taylor Simone Ledward and familiy, friends and many many fans- most of whom are still in shock from this news.