Remembering the Life of Chadwick Boseman

On Friday, acclaimed African American actor Chadwick Boseman died at the age of 43, after battling colon cancer for the past four years.

Boseman was best known as the star of Black Panther, the 2018 Marvel superhero movie that grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide.

Boseman’s family shared the news on Twitter on Friday evening, revealing that the actor “died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”

“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.”

During his career, Boseman became popular for portraying several prominent Black figures in major Hollywood films. He played the role of Jackie Robinson in 42, a biopic on the late Robinson, the first Black baseball player to break into the MLB.

Boseman’s other prominent roles include James Brown in the film Get On Up, and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.

Boseman graduated from Howard University in 2000, and fellow Howard alum and current Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris sent her condolences on Friday.

Joining Harris were several other prominent Black figures, including Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

King shed light on the fact that few knew of Boseman’s battle with cancer until his death.

Legendary songstress Toni Braxton shared a poignant moment from her relationship with Boseman.

And on Saturday morning, Barack and Michelle Obama shared their condolences.

After Boseman’s passing, a segment from a 2018 episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was re-shared on social media, in which Boseman surprised fans as they expressed their gratitude for Black Panther.

Below is the Los Angeles Times’ full obituary for the late Boseman:

Nelson Mandela giving a speech.