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On Aug. 28 at around 10 p.m., an announcement was made that shook the entertainment world — Chadwick Boseman passed away at 43 years old. The official announcement, which came from his team via his Twitter account, has since broken the record for the most-liked tweet of all time. The statement said Boseman was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016 and had been battling it for the past four years as it progressed to stage four.
During his battle with cancer, Boseman starred in multiple movies, including “Marshall,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “21 Bridges” and August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” One of the most notable characters he brought to life on the big screen was King T’Challa (the Black Panther) in the Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther.” The statement on Twitter said “It was the honor of his [Chadwick’s] career to bring King T’Challa to life in “Black Panther.” Along with “Black Panther,” Boseman’s character appeared in “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
Boseman also played Jackie Robinson in the movie “42” and James Brown in the movie “Get on Up.” Boseman had the opportunity to portray many influential and historical figures in the Black community. Jackie Robinson was one of the first-ever black professional baseball players and is considered to be one of the best players in MLB history. James Brown was widely considered one of the greatest Black male singers of all time and the Black Panther is known as the first mainstream Black superhero. Many say his work symbolized Black Lives Matter.
Boseman put a lot of focus on the Black Lives Matter movement off-screen, using his platform to raise awareness of the struggles Black people face every day. Boseman was one of many Black artists in Hollywood to sign a letter that demanded Hollywood divest from the police.
Many people are mourning Boseman’s passing, with tributes flooding in to honor the late star. On Aug. 30, ABC aired “Black Panther” uninterrupted, with a news special that followed, aptly named “Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King.”