Chadwick Boseman, Howard University Alum and Star of Black Panther, Loses Battle To Cancer at 43
Posted By: Reggie Culpepper on August 29, 2020 |
Chadwick Boseman had been battling colon cancer since 2016 when he was diagnosed. On August 28, he lost the battle. He passed away at home with his family by his side.
Chadwick graduated from Howard University in 2000. While he was there, he also attended the British American Drama Academy at Oxford in 1998 with the help of his then professor Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and his then unknown benefactor to help his attend, Denzel Washington. After living in Brooklyn, New York to start his career doing bits in TV shows, he finally moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue an acting career. There, he landed his first role in a major film, the Express, a drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. He played Floyd Little, a three-time All-American athlete at Syracuse University.
Soon afterwards, the roles started coming in. He landed on the TV show Lincoln Heights that same year followed by another TV series, Persons Unknown. In 2913 he landed his next big role as Jackie Robinson in the film '42'. It is kind of poetic to say the least that he passed away on Jackie Robinson Day, which is normally held April 15 of this year where all of the baseball players wear the number 42, but due to the pandemic, it was moved to August 28, the same day Chadwick passed away.
Over his career, he has played some pretty prominent figures such as Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown, but nothing would be as big as his role as T'Challa in Black Panther, which to this day is the 14th highest grossing film of all time and the highest for a black film director with a black lead actor. All the way from giving us Marshall and Captain America civil War in 2016, he was in chemotherapy, countless surgeries, and battling the whole way.
Howard University President Wayne A. I.
Frederick stated online: "It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of alumnus Chadwick Boseman who passed away this evening. His incredible talent will forever be immortalized through his characters and through his own personal journey from student to superhero! Rest in Power, Chadwick!"
Major League Baseball stated: "His transcendent performance in '42' will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie's story to audiences for generations to come,"
Somewhat recently. Chadwick returned to Howard University in 2018 to give the commencement speech to graduating seniors and graduate students. During his speech, he told the graduates that "... the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose ..."
Sen. Kamala Harris, who is also an alumna of Howard and the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election, said she was heartbroken over Boseman's death.
"My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble," she tweeted. "He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family."
Actor Mark Ruffalo, who starred aside Boseman in the Marvel movies as the Hulk, tweeted: "What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King."
Actor Samuel Jackson stated: "THANK YOU Chadwick Boseman for all you gave us. We needed it & will always cherish it! A talented & giving artist & brother who will be sorely missed. RIP."
Several other celebrities have since made mention and sent their condolences on this tragic loss. As Angela Bassett put it - "So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother...”thou aren’t not **** but flown afar...”. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince. #WakandaForever"
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