It is with great sadness that the passing of Chadwick Boseman was confirmed on August 28th, 2020. This great American actor, mainly known for starring in Marvel Studio’s The Black Panther as King T’challa. King T’Challa was a role model for millions around the world. Chadwick also starred in the 2013 film 42. In this movie he portrayed the life of the famous baseball hero Jackie Robinson. Through this film he inspired thousands that anyone can play baseball no matter their race. He has been battling colon cancer for the last four years, and he died with his closest family at his side in his home. He has been an inspiration to us all. Let’s dig deeper into his life story and what he accomplished.
Chadwick Boseman was born on November 29th, 1976 in Anderson, South Carolina. Anderson was a small, ordinary town, not exactly where you’d expect to find a movie star. After he graduated high school in 1995, he started to pursue his career in acting. He attended Howard University with a degree in Film Directing. He later went and graduated from the British American Drama Academy.
Chadwick was diagnosed with Stage III Colon cancer in 2000. Despite this horrific news, he continued to pursue his career in acting while keeping his condition private. Several of his movies were filmed during the time when he was receiving chemotherapy. According cancer.net, an estimated 148,000 more adults will be diagnosed with Colon cancer. Chadwick’s death was tragic but inspirational to so many cancer patients, and it was an encouragement for all of us to keep going.
Most of us know him as the famous Avenger, King T’Challa. Today, millions of Americans enjoy Marvel’s films, Infinity War, and Endgame. Both of which Chadwick starred in. During the filming of these productions, Chadwick was receiving chemotherapy. He never quit. This is what inspired so many cancer patients, his enthusiasm to keep going even during the hardest trials in his life. He influenced thousands of us that anyone can play a sport, no matter our race. Rest in peace, Chadwick.