Chadwick Boseman’s Tragic Passing Shocks the World

Boseman is pictured smiling with one of his co-stars, Lupita Nyong'o, at the San Diego Comic-Con, before his sudden passing shocked fans.

Gage Skidmore

Boseman is pictured smiling with one of his co-stars, Lupita Nyong'o, at the San Diego Comic-Con, before his sudden passing shocked fans.

Massimo Aguila, Staff-Writer

Chadwick Boseman, a well known American actor, most notably for his portrayal of ‘Black Panther’ in Marvel movies, died at 43 from colon cancer last Friday. Boseman, raised in South Carolina, took up acting when he learned directing at Howard University. His breakthrough in Hollywood came after his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in the movie ’42’. He continued to play historical figures in other movies like Thurgood Marshall in ‘Marshall’ and gained international attention for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 36. He was treated and was in remission until 2000, when his cancer resurfaced. This eventually led to a Stage III diagnosis in 2016, meaning the cancer was penetrating his colon wall. In recent months, it worsened and reached Stage IV. At this point, the cancer had spread beyond his colon and began attacking the rest of his body. This progression is what led to his eventual passing on Aug. 28.

Many of his fellow actors, family and friends expressed their grief and talked about Boseman’s courage and determination throughout his career, despite his battle with the disease. Long-time MCU actor Samuel L. Jackson said “a talented and giving artist and brother who will be sorely missed.” Many others expressing similar condolences and attested to his bravery when he pushed through his treatment as he continued his career, having acted in a number of movies while quietly suffering his battle. Those who praised him loved to see him and what he stood for on the big screen.

“I was devastated to see someone who embodied the personality and idea of any person he was trying to portray so perfectly, pass so young. It was a tragic loss for the MCU and for the world,” sophomore Francesca Rico said.

Boseman chose to keep his condition and treatment relatively private. This caused shock across the world when the news of his illness came out. He grew a large platform in Hollywood in a short time but still kept his countless surgeries and chemotherapies a private matter, according to a statement from his family after his death. This left fans in dismay for his passing after a seemingly sudden cancer diagnosis.

“I was shocked to see the news of his death so suddenly, I had no idea he had cancer for so long beforehand. It speaks to his determination as an actor and his fans,” sophomore Justin Bohanan said.

Chadwick Boseman wasn’t just an actor to his fans. He was also a symbol of strength and perseverance, not only for people looking to become actors but his community. His character was the first of its kind. Being the first Black superhero, he inspired many people of color around the world by providing powerful representation for them in the media.

He truly was a person of resolve, tenacity and determination. Boseman meant so much to his friends and family, for his fans and for his community. His story serves as a reminder to always appreciate those around you and those you admire, because life can always change in an instant. Boseman was be taken from us in the blink of an eye, but his legacy will last for years to come.

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