Chadwick Boseman (1976-2020)

It’s absolutely devastating to hear that Chadwick Boseman has passed away from colon cancer at 43, as I found out after 4:00 AM this morning and the news of his passing is still taking some time for me to process, and I won’t lie, I couldn’t sleep until 6:00 AM because of the shock of the news announcing his sudden passing.

None of us were prepared.

What’s heartbreaking and devastating about his passing was the fact he battled colon cancer for four years in between Film/TV productions and I cannot imagine the unimaginable pain he must have been in during filming.

The official statement announcing his passing was released this morning:

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.

He has truly left behind a remarkable legacy and will never be forgotten.

My condolences, love and thoughts go out to his family at this time.

Rest in power and peace Chadwick Boseman.

In Chadwick Boseman’s own words from the bestselling film, Black Panther:

WAKANDA FOREVER!

We’ll never forget you. You have inspired the world to be a better place and your legacy inspires me and the entire world to keep achieving and following our dreams. We love you and will always remember you Chadwick Boseman!

Alex Smithson

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