Disney has suffered a terrible loss and so has the other communities that found Chadwick Boseman’s portray of the Black Panther character as an inspiration to them especially the youth.
A few days ago, reports about the actor’s passing were confirmed by several media outlets pointing to cancer as the root cause of the 43-year-old’s death.
Chadwick Boseman played the role of T’Challa, a superhero and leader of a hidden country called Wakanda, in the film Black Panther – which was praised as a cultural milestone for having a primarily black cast.
For many, the Black Panther character was seen as an inspiration for young black people since it was the first high-profile black Marvel superhero movie that had a focus on African/black people who were part of a strong country known for its advanced technological feats.
Many tributes were made to Boseman as an actor and his role as Black Panther, with some remembering him mostly for his impact on many families and the black community in general.
It should be noted that fans and moviegoers alike were hugely impacted by Marvel’s black superhero, with many adopting the famous ‘Wakanda handshake’ after the first movie came out. The movie was also praised for its inclusion of strong black female characters such as T’Challa’s sister Shuri – an inventor and chief science officer of Wakanda.
The passing of Chadwick Boseman came as a shock to many
Chadwick Aaron Boseman born November 29, 1976, was an American actor and producer. He played several historical figures, such as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017).
His role as the superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Black Panther (2018), made him an international star, winning him an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Boseman, who had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which eventually progressed to stage IV before 2020 had never spoken publicly about his health. During treatment, he continued to work and completed production for several films, including Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and others.
Boseman died at his home as a result of complications related to colon cancer on August 28, 2020, with his wife and family by his side, reports stated. The star had battled with cancer for over four years. May his soul rest in peace.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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