He immortalized the first Black super hero for many generations to come.
The world lost not just the first Black super hero, but a true leader in real life. Chadwick Boseman, who played the Black Panther in the Marvel series, died of cancer in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side. According to the Guardian, the 43-year-old actor lost his battle to colon cancer, which he had been fighting for four years.
Boseman, born in South Carolina and gratuated from Howard University, got his break in 2013 when he played the baseball star Robinson. The actor died the day the major league baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson day.
He immortalized the Black Panther and showed kids around the globe that to be a true hero you only need courage and a good heart.
Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel, according to the Guardian. “He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”
Many celebs and fans came forward pouring in their grief and disbelief at this incredible loss.
I’m gonna have to tell Cy, Bowie and Zen that T’Challa has passed. What other king can I tell them about now? pic.twitter.com/AFEFxJOFd5— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) August 29, 2020
T'Chaka tells T'Challa in the Black Panther, "You are a good man with a good heart, and it is hard for a good man to be king." This quote seems to ring true now more than ever as we mourn the loss of this kind prince.
I’m just heartbroken... he was a wonderful human being. RIP Chadwick Boseman!! pic.twitter.com/OEHuyjeXNU— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) August 29, 2020
When he knew the battle against cancer was not assuring, he still didn't give up hope. He married the love of his life, Taylor Simone Ledward, in a private ceremony. He was one year into the relationship when he was diagnosed with cancer, and Taylor was by his side at every step, reports the Daily Mail. 'Simone, you're with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you," he said at the 50th NAACP Image Awards in 2019.
He inspired children around the globe to believe that they can all be heros no matter what their color or background.
Rest in power, Regal Panther.