It is with a heavy heart to report that Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has lost his battle to cancer. According to an official statement released on his twitter, Chad was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016.
Chad died in his home with his wife and family by his side. See the full statement below.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
When Chadwick went live on IG back in April fans noticed he appeared thin in his video. No one knew that he was battling cancer.
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I am hearing stories of desperation from people all over the country, and we know our communities are suffering the most and urgently need help. Celebrating #JackieRobinsonDay with the launch of Thomas Tull’s #Operation42, a donation of 4.2 million dollars in personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals that service the African American Communities who have been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you, Jackie, for refusing to accept the world as it is, for showing us that we can make a difference.
Chadwick was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. He started his love for writing early. In his junior year of high school, he wrote his first play ‘Crossroads’. He attended Howard University graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing.
His mentor and teacher Phylicia Rashad helped Chadwick and his classmates raise funds to attend a summer program at the British American Drama Academy in London.
Chadwick had a great love for writing and directing. When he returned to the U.S. he graduated from New York City’s Digital Film Academy.
When he first started his career he lived in Brooklyn. He worked as the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program in Harlem, New York. in 2008, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
Chadwick was famously known as the first black Marvel superhero in “Black Panther” along with a string of ‘Avengers’ movies. He portrayed Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.”
Chadwick did not publicly share his diagnosis, so his death comes as a huge shock to many fans. Love is pouring in on social media from fans and celebrities.
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I keep thinking about my 3-year-old in his Black Panther costume. How he wore it almost every day when he got it, refused to take it off. The way he walked around saying “I’m the Black Panther.” How happy it made him. What Chadwick gave us was immeasurable. What an enormous loss.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) August 29, 2020
Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, per reports. During that time, he gave us Civil War, Marshall, Black Panther, Infinity War, Endgame, 21 Bridges and Da 5 Bloods. Lord only knows what he was going through on a daily basis.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 29, 2020
Chadwick will forever be loved and missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and fans. Rest in forever peace.