Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 05:37 pm
Marvel and its fans suffered a huge loss in August 2020. Chadwick Boseman who played T'Challa/Black Panther in Marvel superhero movies died of colon cancer on 28 August 2020. The news of the death of the Black Panther star Boseman shook Hollywood and his fans. Chadwick who had been secretly battling with colon cancer for four years finally lost the battle and passed away. Condolences poured from numerous celebrities, colleagues, and fans. Marvel and their fans will surely miss the legacy set by Chadwick Boseman a.k.a Black Panther. His family released an official statement to announce his death,
"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."
Here are the 10 things you need to know about Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman:
1. Chadwick Boseman Initially Wanted To Become a Writer and Director.
While young, Chadwick Boseman has set his mind to pursue a career in Hollywood. He initially wanted to become a writer and director and studied Directing at Howard University. He had graduated from Howard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing in 2000. His teacher, Phylicia Rashad helped raise funds to help Boseman and some classmates to attend the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London. He then returned to the United States and graduated from New York City's Digital Film Academy. He started his career from Brooklyn and started working as the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career in 2008.
2. Chadwick Boseman Acting Debut
Chadwick Boseman made his acting debut with the soap opera, All My Children. Boseman appeared in the recurring role of Reggie Porter in the soap opera in 2003. He has later appeared in several television series including Lincoln Heights, Third Watch, Law & Order, CSI: NY, ER, Cold Case, Lie to Me, Persons Unknowns, The Glades, Castle, Fringe, Justified, and Detroit 1-8-7 among others.
3. Chadwick Boseman Film Debut
Chadwick Boseman made his film debut with the 2008 film, The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. It is a sports film based on the life of Syracuse University football player Ernie Davies who is the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Rob Brown portrayed the lead role, where Boseman played the supporting role as Floyd Little.
4. Chadwick Boseman's First Appearance As A Black Panther.
Chadwick Boseman first appeared in the role of T'Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel superhero film, Captain America: Civil War. The movie is the third installment of Marvel's Captain America franchise and was released in 2016. Boseman had signed a five-picture deal with Marvel.
5. Chadwick Boseman Headlined Black Panther.
Following the success of the character Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, Boseman headlined the character in the movie of the same name, Black Panther. The movie was released in 2018.
He later reprised his role as Black Panther in Marvel films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
6. Chadwick Boseman Won Several Awards For Black Panther.
Black Panther was one of the favorite characters in the Marvel franchise. He appeared as Black Panther in four Marvel films. He headlined the character in the 2018 movie, Black Panther. The Black Panther became commercially hit and grossed over $.13 billion worldwide.
For his role as Black Panther, Boseman won several accolades. Boseman won Best Performance in a Movie and Best Hero awards at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2018. He also won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Outstanding Actor in a Motion picture in 2019.
7. Chadwick Boseman Portrayed Several Historical Figures.
Besides his role as a superhero Black Panther, he has portrayed several characters based on historical figures. He portrayed baseball legend, Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film, 42, musician James Brown in the 2014 film, Get on Up, and civil rights activist, Thurgood Marshall in the 2017 film, Marshall.
8. Chadwick Boseman Secretly Married in 2020.
Chadwick Boseman was a married man. He was to singer Taylor Simone Ledward. The couple got secretly married in 2020. Details about their wedding are not available, thus it is not known when they actually tied the knot. Boseman was seen together with Ledward for the first time in 2015. Since then, they made several red carpet appearances together. Boseman publicly/officially acknowledged their relationship at the 50th NAACP Image Awards. He won the NAACP Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Black Panther. While accepting the award, Boseman kissed Ledward. In his acceptance speech, Boseman said, "Simone, you're with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you". They later got engaged secretly in October 2019.
9. Chadwick Boseman Battled With Cancer For Four Years.
Chadwick Boseman was first diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. He battled with cancer for four years until his death in August 2020. His cancer progressed to stage IV before 2020. At last, Boseman lost his battle against cancer and passed away on 28 August 2020.
10. He Kept His Cancer Diagnosis Secret.
Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. He kept his cancer diagnosis private and starred in numerous big hit movies. He filmed several of his last films between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. In the statement released by his family, the family spoke about his battle with cancer while filming movies, "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."
His final film is Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which will be released on Netflix.
GossipGist team pays heartfelt condolence to the Boseman Family.