Rest Gently King: ‘Black Panther’ Actor Chadwick Passes Away

American Actor Chadwick Boseman, age 43, died on Friday, August 28 th at his home in Los

Angeles. For some he was the “Hollywood’s” James Brown, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood

Marshall but for young black boys, he was their favorite superhero, from “Black Panther.”

Chadwick landed his first role at age 35 which he embodied the coined phrase, “it’s never too

late when it’s meant for you.” Some would argue that is a late start in Hollywood; however, the

Howard University’s Alumnus has played vital roles since his start. His wife, Taylor Simone

Ledward stated, "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much." For certain many fans can agree with her powerful statement, as he battled colon cancer since 2017, unbeknownst to the public. Many assumed his drastic weight loss and change in physical appearance was related to an upcoming role; however, those individuals were wrong! Distraught and hurt over his death, many fans took their emotions to social media to express the frustration with the year of 2020 in its entirety.

Social media spread like wildfire with elicit shock and grief after it was learned that the,

Wakanda legend, Boseman died from Stage 4 colon cancer. According to media outlet, The

Shaderoom, fellow co-stars and notable celebrities such as Angela Bassett, Lebron James,

Ludacris, Jennifer Hudson and many more sent their condolences and comfort to his family in eulogistic posts via social media. Lauren London, American Actress posted a heartfelt message that read, “Heaven is too crowded” which directly speaks to the loss of Chadwick and other notable African American public figures such as her long-time partner Nipsey Hussle, Kobe Bryant and Naya Rivera. Grief is the final act of love. As family, friends, and millions of fans mourn over the loss of this superhero, it would not be fair not to mention that he will go down in history as one of the

greatest actors of our time. His iconic and pivotal roles will never be forgotten. Amid the

announcement of his death, Twitter coined his tribute tweet as the “Most like Tweet ever,” with

the hashtag #WakandaForever.

Thank you for making us little black boys feel important. You will forever be missed. Rest in

Angeles. For some, he was the “Hollywood’s” James Brown, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood

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