Chadwick Boseman, 'Black Panther' and '42' Star, Has Died at 43August 29, 2020
As if this year hadn’t already given us enough grief, we are sad to report that Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who also played such iconic pop culture figures as James Brown and Jackie Robinson, has suddenly passed away at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. We have truly lost a king.
Here’s the official announcement about the passing of Chadwick Boseman from his own Twitter account:
The news was also confirmed by The Associated Press, who spoke with Chadwick Boseman’s publicist Nicki Fioravantes about the actor’s passing. Boseman died at his him in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and family. The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, but it was not made public. Boseman was working on films during that entire time in between various surgeries and chemotherapy.
After a supporting big screen role as Floyd Little in the football drama The Express, Boseman started making more significant appearances on television, including ER, Cold Case, Lie to Me, Lincoln Heights, Persons Unknown, The Glades, Castle, Justified and Fringe.
But Boesman’s big screen career truly took after after he played the color barrier-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson in the biographical sports drama 42. It’s a cruel twist of fate that today is the day that Major League Baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson.
From there, Boseman dug into spots even more with the football drama Draft Day, and he played yet another historical pop culture figure by playing the James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, in the biopic Get On Up.
Starting with Marshall, where Boseman played American lawyer and civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall, the actor was working in front of the camera knowing his cancer diagnosis.
For the next four years, he would shoot movies in between surgeries and treatments. That includes the physically taxing role of playing the chiseled African King T’Challa in the first solo superhero movie for the Marvel Comics character in Black Panther, a role he would reprise in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Movies like 21 Bridges, Da 5 Bloods and the upcoming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom were all shot while Boseman was undergoing treatments, and it seems as if the latter will be the last live-action performance that we’ll get from the actor.
Boseman was also slated to voice Black Panther in Marvel’s What If…? animated series, but it’s unclear if that was already completed before his passing. As for where this leaves the previously announced Black Panther sequel, we have no idea, but we hope Marvel Studios gives him a proper send-off when they inevitably hand off the throne.
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