On the evening of Friday, August 28, the world lost a talented actor and real-life superhero. Chadwick Boseman, who famously brought King T’Challa to life in Marvel’s Black Panther, passed away from colon cancer. He was 43 years young.
His family released a statement saying, “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 many of the films you have come to love so much.”
The Tributes Come Pouring In
The news came as a shock to many as they took to social media to express their condolences for the late actor. Everyone from around the world has been sharing love, kind words and thoughts on the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman, including The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Studios, and actors including Josh Gad, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, and more. Joe Biden and Former President Barack Obama even took to social media to express their condolences for the actor.
Disney Chairman Bob Iger also shared his condolences in a statement:
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.
Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige also shared a statement:
Chadwick’s passing is 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.
ABC Creates New Special: Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King
And now, ABC is joining in on the tributes for the late actor as they just took to social media announcing a brand new ABC News Story special, which will air tonight, Sunday August 30. ABC writes:
Tonight, ABC will celebrate the legacy of Chadwick Boseman with a special presentation of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther followed by the ABC News Special: Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King. It all starts tonight at 8|7c on ABC.
Tonight, ABC will celebrate the legacy of Chadwick Boseman with a special presentation of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther…
TBS Joins The Tributes
TBS, the popular television channel, is also joining the tributes as they have announced the company will air Black Panther in honor of Chadwick Boseman. The popular, record-breaking film, will air on TBS tonight, Sunday August 30, from 8 PM to 11 PM in both timezones.
Actor Chadwick Boseman has been battling colon cancer for the last four years during the production of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game as well as other non-related Marvel films such as Da 5 Bloods, 21 Bridges, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The death of Boseman as well as the news of him battling colon cancer came to a shock to media and his fans as his diagnosis was kept a secret.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Boseman family. Rest in Peace, Chadwick.
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