Chadwick Boseman: Tributes Follow ‘Black Panther’ Star’s Death | TimeTestedNews

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Chadwick Boseman, the man who brought “Black Panther” to life, has died.

The actor has been battling colon cancer since 2016 and died at home with his family and wife by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.

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He was 43, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said in a statement.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said.

“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.”

The statement said the role of King T’Challa was the “honor of (Boseman’s) career.”

Boseman was born in South Carolina, according to his IMDb biography. He went on to graduate from Howard University in Washington, DC, where he returned in 2018 to give the class graduation speech — which concluded with his iconic “Wakanda Forever” salute.

During his speech, the actor told the graduates he was fired from an unnamed production during his early acting days after he questioned what he felt was its stereotypical portrayal of Black characters.

“The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose,” he had said.=

Chadwick Boseman gives his MTV award to Waffle House hero

Chadwick Boseman gives his MTV award to Waffle House hero

The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in “Get On Up” and Jackie Robinson in “42.” The Marvel Studios president had previously announced the second movie of the “Black Panther” saga would debut in theaters in May 2022.

In a statement following Boseman’s death, Martin Luther King III said the actor “brought history to life” with his roles.

“As Black Panter, he was also a superhero to many,” he wrote on Twitter. “And despite his 4 year-long battle with cancer, he kept fighting and he kept inspiring. He will be missed.”

The NAACP also paid tribute to the actor, saying Boseman showed “us how to conquer adversity with grace.”

“For showing us how to ‘Say it Loud!’ For (showing) us how to walk as a King, without losing the common touch. For showing us just how powerful we are,” their Instagram statement said. “Thank you #ChadwickBoseman.”

In Nigeria, many celebrities have also shown their pain over Boseman’s death.

Top Nigerian entertainers took to social media to mourn the death of the man behind the face of Marvel movie’s Black Panther.

Paying her condolence to the late movie star, media mogul, Mo Abudu, Kemi Adetiba among others have paid tributes to Boseman, who has been an inspirational figure in the movie industry worldwide.

“Watching this made me cry. Chadwick Boseman 29 November 1977 – 28 August 2020. You came and you conquered, playing a role that changed global perceptions on the big screen about Black and African storytelling. Your Legacy lives on Rest In Peace,” Mo Abudu tweeted on her official page.

Kemi Adetiba via her Instagram account posted, “Dear 2020… I’m not understanding. I feel like I’ve been whiplashed. I have no words.

“Actually, I do and they are quite a lot. I really should write a blog on how his sudden death not only shook me, but gave me PTSD. I do hope I get round to it, but if there’s anything we should take away from this remarkable performer’s death, it’s that we should LIVE while we are ALIVE and not only LOVE heavily on our loved ones, but also TELL THEM we love them. If there’s anything I’ve learnt (through experience) this 2020, it is that ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
“REST IN POWER, Black King!!! Rest knowing you did more in 43 years than many have done in a lifetime.”
In a series of tweets, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu said, “The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will, and Chadwick did. Looked at this photo a lot in the last 2 years just in awe of how iconic everything about it is… So heavenly.”
Banky W took to his official Instagram to send a short message, backed up with a picture of the star and late basketball legend, Kobe Bryant. He said, “It’s not about when you die, but how you lived.
2020 sha. Kai.”
Actress, Genevive Nnaji, also posted a picture of the star on her Twitter account with the caption, “You left a mark that will not be forgotten. Rest In Power brother.”Nollywood star, Omoni Oboli said, “What a huge loss! This one hit hard. The fact that he battled cancer for 4 years and shot those amazing movies between countless surgeries and chemotherapy is the reason why we must be kind. You don’t know people’s secret battles. Rest King. Rest! #ripchadwickboseman”

Fellow actress, Uche Jumbo, described Boseman’s passing as “heartbreaking” as she commended the deceased who after being “diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 During that time, he delivered Civil War, Marshall, Black Panther, Infinity War, Endgame, 21 Bridges and Da 5 Bloods to us while battling his illness for 4years.”
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