A shocking tweet announcing Chadwick Boseman’s death was posted on his account on Friday night, August 28th. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016” and was privately battling “with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV” the tweet reveals. The Marvel star “died in his home, with his wife and family by his side” it adds.
Many tributes have been coming in from celebrities, athletes, politicians, activists and fans wishing peace and expressing gratitude for the late actor. Michael B. Jordan, actor and Chadwick’s Black Panther co-star wrote a warm tribute to his death on Instagram, “I wish we had more times … You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to trully give you your flowers while you were here” the caption reads.
Chris Evans, Chad’s co-star in various Marvel movies tweeted “A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create”. Denzel Washington said to CNN “He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career”. The previous US President Barack Obama also tweeted that Chadwick came to the white house to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson “You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.” Obama adds.
Fellow Howard graduate and Joe Biden’s running mate for US President Kamala Harris posted a video of Boseman’s commencement speech and wrote “During his commencement speech at our beloved Howard, my friend Chadwick Boseman said, “press on with pride and press on with purpose.” In his name, let’s keep fighting.”.
Lewis Hamilton who earned pole position in the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix qualifications on August 29th also gave a “Wakanda Forever” salute and tweeted about it as well. Staying in sports, Arsenal player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also struck a “Wakanda Forever” salute after scoring against Liverpool on Saturday. in addition to millions of fan tributes pourring in from around the world in form of tweets, posts, images, fan art.. etc.
Boseman is most known for his roles in 42 as baseball star Jackie Robinson, Marshall as first African American supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall, Get on Up as “Godfather of Soul” James Brown and the role that led him to global stardom, T’Challa in Black Panther and in other Marvel movies.
But his first appearnace in television was in an episode of Third Watch in 2003. Then he kept landing single-episode roles in various shows like Law & Order, CSI: NY and Justified as well as a main role in Persons Unknown and a 9-episodes role in Lincoln Heights in addition to two films until 2013 when he had his first famous role portraying Jackie Robinson in 42.
He became mostly playing in only films like Draft Days, Gods of Egypt, Message from the King, 21 Bridges (also producer) and Da 5 Bloods. his last appearance will be as Levee in Marainey’s Black Bottom which is in post-production therfore having a posthumous release.
The tragic death of the on-screen as well as the “off-screen hero” as he’s beeing called has clearly hit hard as Twitter confirms that the tweet announcing his death is the most liked on the platform.
It ammassed 7.6M likes after four days wich speaks volumes of the way he effected many people and gave them unforgettable performances, it also shows the deep appreciation of the most of those millions of likers for the roles he had landed as well as the unification-related causes he’s been striving for.