KARACHI: Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43. The cause of the actor’s death was colon cancer. The tragic news was confirmed by a statement released on his social media on August 28.
“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,” it said. “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.”
Boseman had never made news about his health public and had persevered through the illness for four years. The news was met with shock by colleagues and fans alike as they remembered Boseman not just as an actor but the human that he was. Many celebrities and costars took to their own social media to express their grief. Hashtags #ChadwickBoseman and #WakandaForever have also been trending on Twitter ever since the news broke out.
Boseman rose to stardom with his role as Black Panther in the Marvel Studio movies including Avengers: Endgame, Captain America: Civil War, and the standalone film, Black Panther. Boseman is recognised by many as the superhero that broke stereotypes, and the actor that embodied his wish to represent and speak for his people.
2020 has been a difficult year for people all over the world and Hollywood, specially, has had to say goodbye to some of its favourite actors, including Naya Rivera and now Chadwick Boseman. Meanwhile, movie enthusiasts across the border are still mourning the loss of Sushant Singh Rajput whose cause of death still remains a mystery.