The world continues to mourn the passing of a true King, actor Chadwick Boseman.
A soldier for his people, it turns out Chadwick was sick with colon cancer while filming Black Panther, but was determined to deliver what would become one of the Black community’s proudest cultural moments. The shocking announcement of his passing was made last year, August 28, via the legend’s social media. It read:
It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.
It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
We are still heartbroken over the news that Chadwick is no longer with us and will continue to pray for his family and loved ones. Below are some inspirational and beautiful moments that hit even more deeply now that we’ve been made aware of Chadwick’s physical, spiritual, and emotional battle over the years. May he rest in peace.
1. “Savor the taste of your triumphs today. Don’t just swallow the moment whole without digesting what has actually happened here. Look down over what you’ve conquered and appreciate what God has brought you through,” Chadwick instructs before speaking on the importance of living in your purpose.
2. Chadwick Boseman was trading letters with kids who were suffering from terminal cancer. His pen pals informed him that they were holding on so they could be here to watch ‘Black Panther.’
3. “Everybody is the hero of their own story… there are people who come in and help you, but you have to be the person who deals with the conflicts that are in place. Nobody else can. Even if you pray to God, God expects you to do some things.”
4. “An offering from a sage and a king is more than silver and gold — it is a seed of hope, a bud of faith… there is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington. And not just because of me, but my whole cast — that generation stands on your shoulders.”
5. That time Chadwick Boseman gave his award to another hero, James Shaw Jr., who saved lives when he disarmed a gunman with a rifle at a Nashville Waffle House.
6. “Grandpa’s hands played the tambourine so well….” Chadwick calmly and sweetly singing Bill Withers in an on-screen moment with Peter Travers.