Chadwick Boseman, our very own Black Panther has passed away, the king lost his battle to colon cancer which he was fighting for the last four years. The 43-year-old star was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it in the last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero as Black Panther, Boseman’s career first exploded with his portrayals of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”). He recently appeared in Netflix's Da 5 Bloods and STXfilms' 21 Bridges.
Boseman will be last seen in musical-drama “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.” He was also set to film for Marvel's “What If...?” as T'Challa / Black Panther but now the king's last appearance in Marvel is Endgame.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” said a statement posted from his Twitter account. “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther.'”
Disney’s Bob Iger also issued a statement mourning Boseman:
“We are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman — an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met. He brought enormous strength, dignity, and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther; shattering myths and stereotypes, becoming a long-awaited hero to millions around the world, and inspiring us all to dream bigger and demand more than the status quo.”
“We mourn all that he was, as well as everything he was destined to become. For his friends and millions of fans, his absence from the screen is only eclipsed by his absence from our lives. All of us at Disney send our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family.”
Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel, called Boseman’s passing “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.”
We are constantly getting reactions from Hollywood and around the world regarding this sad news, below are some of them:
I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 29, 2020
Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King💙 pic.twitter.com/oBERXlw66Z
Such a brutal loss. RIP, Chadwick.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 29, 2020
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020
Hard to hear about this.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 29, 2020
Rest in love, brother.
Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family. https://t.co/hNAWav7Cq8
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