Chadwick Boseman, 43, dies from colon cancer


Sean Herbst, Entertainment Assistant Editor

Chadwick Boseman (43) passed away in his Los Angeles home from stage 4 colon cancer surrounded by loved ones Aug. 28. Boseman, who is most known for his roles in both “42” and “Black Panther,” had not disclosed to the public that he was fighting this form of deadly cancer. After being diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, the disease slowly progressed outside of his colon wall, becoming a more lethal stage four cancer.

Boseman and his agent decided to keep his fight with colon cancer a secret so that fans would focus on his work and legacy instead of his battle with cancer. Boseman even acted in seven movies after being diagnosed with colon cancer. These include “Marshall,” “Da 5 Bloods,”Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and four more. A statement posted to his social media accounts stated that all seven of these movies were filmed in between chemotherapy sessions and surgeries. 

“He was just living his artistic life to the fullest and using his time and his moment to really affect people,” said Addison Henderson, Boseman’s trainer, when interviewed by Hollywood Reporter.

Boseman’s rise to fame began at Howard University where he studied directing. After graduating high school, Boseman was featured in small roles in television shows before his breakout role in 42, in which he played Jackie Robinson. His passionate acting caught the eye of many producers in Hollywood. In 2016, Boseman landed the role of T’Challa, better known as the Black Panther in the movie, “Black Panther. 

With $501 million in sales in North America and $897 million in sales worldwide,  “Black Panther” easily became the best-selling superhero movie, outselling “Deadpool” by $114 million. With popularity comes influence and it is safe to say that “Black Panther” had a major impact on society around the world, especially the United States. The actors, plot and setting all brought important issues into light including gender roles, racism and much more. It broke a barrier proving that a movie with people of color as the main characters could still top the charts.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” per Chadwick Boseman’s Instagram.

Boseman has continued to inspire many people after his death both in the acting world and elsewhere. His brave fight with cancer while acting in multiple movies has proven to many that having excuses is just a bad mindset and those who put their mind to something and truly work for it no matter the struggles will ultimately reach their goals.

 “Obviously Chadwick Boseman was a great actor but he was also a great man too. He showed everyone that if you care about something enough, you can always overcome problems to reach your goals. Boseman was fighting for his life and still managed to act in movies which shows everyone else that other problems are miniscule compared to what he had to go through,” said Mitchell Huggins, senior.