A statement from the Boseman Family:
It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
photo by: Sam Jones
As a family, we are simply devastated. Not only did Chadwick Boseman bring to life a character in a world beyond our wildest fantastical imaginations. He gave us and our children new dreams to dream.
We will forever cherish his undeniable body of work that brought to life the stories of some of the most important Black Men in American History. We promise to honor his legacy by sharing his story and the stories he told through his art, for the next generation. Thank you for your light King T'Challa. Bask in it now, in peace and power.
2 years ago, @chadwickboseman delivered the 150th commencement ceremony speech at his alma mater, Howard University. When we’re stricken with grief at the loss of someone we love, even if its someone you’ve never met- whose life changed you, made an impression on your purpose… find comfort in celebrating their life. Celebrate Chadwick Boseman, find your purpose and live it to the fullest every single day.
In his speech he was perfectly relatable and inspirational. He spoke of protesting, breaking stereotypes... He personified, Young, Gifted & Black.
In his final tweet he shared a photo of himself alongside fellow Howard University alum, Kamala Harris. The first Black, Asian-American woman to be a candidate for VP in American History.
The lead photo is the Iconic @rollingstone cover photo by Norman Jean Roy. This image and cover broke the internet with a headline that read: “The Black Panther Revolution, Chadwick Boseman and the making of a Radical Superhero.” The quote is an excerpt from his commencement address.