By Julius Luchs & Stephen Pickrom
Chadwick Boseman, the actor who starred in films such as “Black Panther,” “42,” “Marshall,” and “Get on Up” died on Aug. 28. He was 43.
His publicist confirmed the actor’s death, acknowledging that Boseman’s wife and family were with him when he passed. He died from complications related to colon cancer.
Boseman’s family announced his death on his Twitter account. It became the most liked Tweet ever, with more than 6 million likes in less than 24 hours and over 7 million by August 31.
The post informed the people that he had been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, which had progressed to stage 4 before 2020. The “Black Panther” actor did not speak publicly about his diagnosis.
“I was just in such a shock to hear the news of Boseman’s passing,” said graduate student Jordan Murray. “I obviously had no idea about his health of any sort so it really took me by surprise.”
The software engineering major and baseball player for Florida Tech also mentioned how grateful he was for Boseman’s life and the life Murray has for himself because there is no telling for the future.
Boseman was 35 when he starred in his first major film, “42,” where he portrayed Jackie Robinson, the first Black baseball player to compete in Major League Baseball. He would star in his second breakout film “Get on Up” where he played the role of musician and “Godfather of Soul” James Brown.
He also secured roles in notable movies such as “Draft Day,” “Marshall,” and “God’s of Egypt.” Chadwick Boseman starred in 7 movies while fighting colon cancer.
“It’s truly inspirational,” said Murray. “He clearly didn’t want everyone to know what he was dealing with so knowing what he was going through really speaks about his character.”
Boseman secured the career-defining role of King T’Challa in 2014 and debuted in “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016.
He reprised the role for 2018’s “Black Panther,” which quickly became the second highest-grossing film of the year in the United States. He would later co-star in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” the latter becoming the highest-grossing film of all time.
Marvel Studios President and CEO Kevin Feige said following Boseman’s death that it was “absolutely devastating.”
Feige wrote, “Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible.”
Boseman also received tribute from many of his Marvel cinematic universe co-stars, including Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo, as well as former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama.
“He was a real life superhero,” said Murray. “He displayed that through his strength to continue living and making these movies, which took a toll on his body.”
Chris Evans, who portrayed Captain America in the MCU, had this to say regarding Boseman’s passing: “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.”