Chadwick Boseman Tragically Dies due to Colon Cancer


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Chadwick Boseman grew to legend status with his titular role in the Marvel movie Black Panther.

Actor Chadwick Boseman passed away after battling with colon cancer for 4 years, in his home in Los Angeles, on August 28, 2020.

Chadwick Boseman (Flicker-Dave Hogg)

43-year-old, Chadwick Boseman passed away in his home in Los Ángeles, California, on August 28 from Stage IV Colon Cancer. Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which eventually progressed to stage IV. Boseman had filmed several movies since being diagnosed with cancer such as Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, 21 Bridges, Black Panther, and more.

According to Hollywood Reporter, up until a week before his death, Boseman was convinced that he would beat cancer. He believed that he would be able to gain weight and start on a sequel to Black Panther in September.

It is believed that Boseman hinted at having colon cancer in 2017 during an interview with Mathew Jacobs, for HuffPost. During the interview, Mathew Jacobs asked Boseman, “You came off of one Black Panther project, did ‘Marshall’ and then made another Black Panther movie. Did you bulk up, slim down and then bulk up again?”

Jacobs noted that he looked tired and nodded his head as he replied, “Right. Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

Jacobs commented, “You’ve been through the wringer.”

Chadwick Boseman then replied, “Oh, you don’t even know [laughs]. You have no idea. One day I’ll live to tell the story.”

It is believed that Shuri, Letitia Wright, will become the next Black Panther. In the movie, Shuri is the sister of T’Challa. Student Dylan Horowitz said, “I do think that they will make a sequel to Black Panther, with his sister taking over the role”, and Liana Mayo said, “If Letitia Wright were to be the new Black Panther she would be our first female black superhero/Avenger.” If Shuri were to take over the Black Panther role, she would also be part of the new Avengers like Doctor Strange, War Machine, Captain America, etc. Black Panther 2 was scheduled to start production in the spring of 2021 and was to be released in 2022, but due to the death of Boseman and COVID-19, it is likely to be delayed.

Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o at Comic-Con (Flickr-Gage Skidmore)

About a week after Boseman’s passing, there was a private funeral hosted in Malibu, California. Boseman’s co-stars, such as Micheal B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and more attended the funeral, alongside Taylor Simone Ledward, his wife.

Although he died at a young age, he had a lot of accomplishments including, starring in many powerful movies and winning many awards.