On August 28, 2020, the world was struck in the heart with the shocking news that actor Chadwick Boseman had passed away. It was revealed that Chadwick had been battling colon cancer since 2016 which came as a huge surprise to the entire public. It’s heartbreaking anytime anyone dies whether they’re a celebrity or not, but this one definitely hit harder than most.
Chadwick Boseman was a once in a lifetime talent. He was a true inspiration to numerous men, women, and children across the globe and rightfully so. Chadwick embodied all that was good in the world. It’s been said by numerous friends and people close to him that he truly enjoyed life and never took his success for granted. He used his platform as a celebrity to spread positivity, hope, and encouragement to millions.
After Chadwick’s passing his fellow “Marshall” costar and friend Josh Gad shared one of the last texts he ever received from him. It read,
“If you are in Los Angeles, you woke up this morning to the rare and peaceful sound of steady precipitation. If you’re like me, maybe you looked at the week’s forecast and found that it’s supposed to rain for three straight days; not without breaks of sunlight and reprieves of moist gloom, but yeah it’s gonna be coming down like cats and dog, Great. We’re stuck inside these damn quarantines because of the COVID, and now we can’t even get no sun in Cali. Come on now!”
“But now that the rain has stopped and today’s storm has cleared, I urge you to go outside and take a DEEP breath. Notice how fresh the air is right now, after our skies have had a 3 week break from the usual relentless barrage of fumes from bumper to bumper LA commuters, and now today’s rain has given the City of Angels a long overdo and much-needed shower.”
“We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation, whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom, And hey, if the air is this clear right now, and it does rain tomorrow, I might even put jars and bins out and catch the rain. Throw that in the water filter and I have a water more alkaline than any bottled brand out there.”
This text proves that Chadwick was a man that made the best of any situation good or bad. He focused on the positives. This speaks volumes of his character and the kind of person that we should all stride to be.
Numerous co stars, friends, and fans of his have spoken about the impact he had on their lives. Chadwick was a true hero. His reign of stardom may have started later in his life, but he perfected his craft and left a lasting legacy that won’t be duplicated.
Before taking on the role of the iconic Marvel superhero “Black Panther,” Chadwick played real life heroes that had a huge impact on the world. People like Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall. In these films Chadwick received critical acclaim and praise from critics and fans for his realistic and flawless performance.
Chadwick made his debut in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and received a huge ovation from Marvel fans. He brought something new and exciting to the MCU that fans were longing for. Not only did he mark his Marvel debut in 2016, this was the year he was diagnosed with Colon cancer.
Chadwick never lost his smile. How do I know this? Every time he was seen, whether it was an interview, comic con appearance, press conference, or anything in the public eye, he had a smile that lit up a room. Chadwick fought bravely with cancer and still starred in movies like The Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. His last movie was the Netflix film, “Da 5 Bloods” which was directed by Spike Lee.
The fact that Chadwick persevered and powered through a battle with cancer to bring the world iconic films is nothing short of inspiring. To say that his films left a huge cultural impact would be an understatement. The movies that he was in all left a lasting impact and finally gave people of color the representation in Hollywood they’ve been waiting for.
Chadwick has also been known for his humanitarian work. He silently suffered for four years with cancer and still visited sick kids at St. Judes Children Hospital and brought them so much joy during their hour of need. He was also an avid supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and a huge advocate for pushing Hollywood companies to recruit and support Black professionals at studios, agencies, and more.
Black Panther went on to be the first film of it’s kind to be nominated for seven Academy Awards and go on to win three of them. This was a huge milestone in cinema history and Chadwick was a huge part of that. To say, “Black Panther is just a movie” is incredibly insulting. I would agree that it’s the most important movie in the MCU and one of the most important movies of all time.
I never personally had the opportunity to meet Chadwick Boseman, but much like many others I can honestly say that I feel I know him better now than I ever did. This one hurt. It was a rough weekend to say the least and I’ve cried more than I thought I would. This felt like losing a huge part of a family and in a way it was, but today I’m choosing to smile and remember him how he should be remembered. He will be remembered for his talent, bravery, toughness, kind heart, beautiful smile, and for being the epitome of all good in the world.
Rest in peace, Chadwick Boseman. You will always be our King. Wakanda forever.