Image: Chadwick Boseman/Twitter
Rest in Power
“I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking.
Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King” – Chris Evans
“Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.” – Marvel studios
Tributes have poured in since we woke up to the tragic news that Chadwick Boseman passed away from a private four-year battle with Colon Cancer. Why Boseman kept his diagnosis out of the public eye is unknown, but what is certain is that he did not let his illness detract from delivering some of the most thought-provoking and celebrated performances of his career. Boseman gave us Civil War, Marshall, Black Panther, Infinity War, Endgame, 21 Bridges and Da 5 Bloods all during his battle with cancer.
The most iconic role of his career was in the portrayal of King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther. Black Panther was more than just a fictitious character, but a symbol of racial progression that Boseman also advocated for in his personal life.
Boseman’s fans around the world also giving interviews about the actors’ personal impact on them:
“I felt that my strength as a black man was being represented and my struggles were finally being understood. The world was starting to see it and almost believe it too. But now, it feels like we have to believe & prove ourselves all over again” –
“I met Chadwick in Get on Up, he introduced me to the story of James Brown, a legend I didn’t know but he provided me with the window to understand someone time didn’t let me. As black panther, he literally became my hero. Every boy wants a superhero who looks like them and he became a symbol of what black men could be. He was part of the narrative that was beyond the negative stereotypes of black people and part of our hope of what the black community could become. He was my hero, he was a symbol of hope. I used to watch him in interviews and “actors on actors” and you could see he was also something missing in society, a virtuous man of dignity. He was as much a hero on screen as he was off because he was a good man. The fact that he did all he did whilst battling cancer is a clear demonstration of this.
Seeing your hero and symbol of hope pass away is crushing, but we thank him and will carry his torch from here.”
A symbol of hope and the change we all long for, Boseman’s legacy lives in the hearts of many.
Chadwick Boseman’s final film, Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is set to be released this year.
Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and loved ones.
Rest in Power King T’Challa – Wakanda forever!