Chadwick Boseman dies: ‘Black Panther’ Star, was 43

Friends, coworkers, and admirers paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman today on the anniversary of his passing. On this day last year, the Black Panther actor passed away from complications related to colon cancer. He kept his illness a secret from everyone but his closest friends and family, shocking the world with his untimely death at the age of 43.

By Hollywood standards, Mr. Boseman was a reclusive guy who infrequently made personal information public. He became famous as an actor somewhat late—at the age of 35, when he played Jackie Robinson in the film “42”—but made up for lost time with a succession of standout roles in important biopics.

With roles as diverse as Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall,” James Brown in “Get On Up,” and T’Challa in “Black Panther,” Mr. Boseman became one of his generation’s most in-demand leading men because to his uncomplicated flexibility and classic gravity.

Colon cancer was the cause of Boseman’s death. According to a September 2020 TMZ article, Boseman’s passing sparked a sharp rise in financial support for colon cancer education and research. The condition is the third most common type of cancer in both men and women in the country. Within days after Boseman’s passing, according to Anjee Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer, her organisation saw an increase in social media followers and donations totaling more than $10,000. The money, she told TMZ at the time, will go towards finding a cure for colon cancer as well as better treatment choices. She also hoped that Boseman’s passing would raise awareness of the illness, encourage people to research their family’s history of colon cancer, and encourage them to get screened early if they’ve seen any symptoms.

The movie, which was filmed in 2017 following Mr. Boseman’s diagnosis, caused a cultural phenomenon because it was the first superhero picture with a prominent African protagonist and the first to feature a cast that was primarily Black. The conceptual weight and variety of dynamic performances by Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and others won it nearly universal plaudits from critics.

Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, and “Stormin'” Norman Holloway in Da 5 Bloods are just a few of Boseman’s other well-known performances. In his final movie, which was a Netflix adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, he received a posthumous Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 2021.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the follow-up to Black Panther, is currently in production.

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