Another low blow from 2020. It seems that every time things are looking up, they come crashing down again. Our favorite king T’Challa has sadly passed away at the young age of 43 after a long four year battle with colon cancer, according to the actor’s Twitter account. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” the post said. “He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
The thing that’s the most shocking about this is the fact that he’s been in so many large films such as Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, Avenger: Infinity War, Avenger’s Endgame, and many more over the span of the last four years. He was said to have undergone surgeries and chemotherapy all while filming movies for all of us to enjoy. He was beyond selfless.
When posting photos of himself at press events revolving around Black Panther, many of Boseman’s comments were filled with questions and jokes about his appearance as he had lost weight and looked extremely tired. He eventually deleted those photos due to the rude comments he had received. Now we know exactly why his physical appearance had changed and he never said a word about it.
It’s extremely unfortunate that his life had to end so early. Boseman brought joy to so many in all of the wonderful roles that he played. “Black Panther allowed the black community to finally feel represented on the big screen and showed young black children everywhere that anything is possible. Chadwick Boseman was [a] true inspiration, a legend,” says Twitter user @giteeemakpor.
According to the IMDB website, Boseman completed work on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom starring along side Viola Davis. This gives us all something to look forward to. It’s clear that Boseman gave of himself until he had nothing left to give and never complained. His real life human strength was beyond measure. May he rest in peace. His legacy and impact will forever live on.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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