Chadwick Aaron Boseman, 43, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, as reported by his publicist, Nicki Fioravante. He never came forth to discuss about his condition. He fought bravely, for 4 years against cancer. Chadwick Boseman, died of cancer, in his Los Angeles Home, with his family and wife by his side.
Boseman was born in Anderson, South Carolina in a family of a nurse and an ‘upholstery entrepreneur.’ His roots went back to the west African state of Sierra Leone. He graduated from The Howard University.
From his childhood days, Boseman, idolized, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, Public Enemy, Bob Marley, A Tribe called Quest and Prince. He was highly influenced by these strong figures, and understood the influence of his works on the cultural paradigm.
During his college days, he met Mike Melone, director and theater professor. He closely observed and took part, in Malone’s work in preserving and celebrating rituals with performances on a ‘proscenium stage,’ in Ghana.
Boseman termed it as, “one of the most significant learning experiences of my life.”
Chadwick Boseman: Black Panther
His first television role was in an episode of ‘Third Watch’ in the year 2003.
Chadwick Boseman worked on various Big Hollywood projects. His family in a statement says, “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.”
They added, “A true fighter Chadwick persevered through it all.”
His powerful screenplay was nonchalant and effortless. We will forever remember him as King T’Challa, the mighty warrior with a golden heart. Wakanda Forever!
Chadwick was the first Black Actor, who had a standalone film in the groundbreaking Marvel Franchise. It was nominated for ‘best picture’ at the Oscars. Black Panther from the MCU, grossed at $1billion worldwide. The Afrofuturism depiction in the movie was beyong words and resonated with a large number of audiences.
His character King T’challa, was beyond just a super hero. The king protector of Wakanda, a technologically advanced city in Africa, spoke eons about the great cultural heritage. It broke the stereotype portrayal of colonised Africa, and immersed in its advancement.
His African accent was constantly questioned, but it was what added to the charm.
“There was a time period were people would ask me questions about whether or not an audience could sit through a movie with a lead character that’s spoke with that accent. I became adamant about the fact that it’s not true,”Chadwick said in an interview.
Chadwick Aaron Boseman: The Journey
His Iconic Black American character ‘Jackie Robinson’ in the movie, “42” is a much celebrated one. The portrayal of the stoic Baseball Star, gave him world wide acclaimation starring opposite Harrison Ford. In US, today’s day is celebrated as, “Jackie Robinson Day.”
The Baseball league tweeted, “His transcendent performance in ’42’ will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s stories to audiences for generations to come.”
Chadwick Boseman played James Brown, opposite Viola Davis, in the biopic, “Get On Up.” The film starstruck millions of audiences worldwide.
Boseman portrayed , larger than life historical characters. Another great example is the role of Future US Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, in the 2017 movie, “Marshall’. His roles preserved the dignity of the original characters.
Boseman was all set to appear in the sequel of Black Panther due on 2022. He had recently appeared in spike Lee’s Vietnam war set “Da 5 Bloods.”
’21 Bridges’ the 2021 action thriller was another milestone in his career. It was his first producing job.
Chadwick Boseman: Tributes to Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick’s untimely demise shocked the entire Hollywood and all around the world. Condolences and grievances poured from all over. His co-stars seemed absolutely devastated by the news.
Co-star, Chris Evans, aka ‘Captain America’ tweeted, “I am absolutely devastated. This was beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original . He was deeply committed and a constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I am endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King.”
Joe Bidden the Democratic Presidential candidate expressed his grief, “The true power of @Chadwick Boseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want-even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.”
Co-star Mark Ruffalo otherwise known as the ‘Hulk’ tweeted, “All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, what an immense talent. Brother you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.”
The Marvel official account posted, “Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Cadwick Boseman family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace.”
‘Star Lord,’ ‘Peter Quill’ actor Chris Pratt tweeted, “My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul.”
Chadwick Boseman’s legacy will live forever. We will always remember him as an incredible actor, who won millions of hearts. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
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