The actor, best known for his role as Marvel’s Black Panther, and who also played Black icons like Jackie Robinson and James Brown on-screen, passed away on August 28, 2020. He was 43. According to reports, Boseman passed away after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer.
“Honouring our friend, our inspiration and our King, Chadwick Boseman,” read a post on Marvel Studio’s official social media handle.
Honoring our friend, our inspiration and our King, Chadwick Boseman. https://t.co/hpgocpe24p
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) 1630159202000
Boseman’s passing came as a shock to many as the star had chosen to keep his cancer diagnosis private. It was reported that only his family and small group friends were aware of him undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy. Over 4 years, the actor took on physically demanding roles that including bulking up for his superhero stint as King of Wakanda in his stand-alone film and two ‘Avengers’ films – Infinity War and Endgame.
The news of his demise even came as a shock to ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler and director of ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Spike Lee, who said publicly that they were unaware of his medical condition.
To mark his death anniversary, Lupita Nyong’o, who played Nakia, Boseman’s love interest in ‘Black Panther’ penned an emotional tribute that read, “I did not know that I could miss both his laughter and his silence in equal measure. I do. I do… One year after his passing, the memory of @chadwickboseman remains this alive in me.”
I did not know that I could miss both his laughter and his silence in equal measure. I do. I do… One year after h… https://t.co/kATO2Mn7k9
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) 1630125478000
Fellow ‘Black Panther’ costar Michael B. Jordan shared a his favourite photo with Boseman and wrote, “Not a day goes by bro… Love and miss you but I know you still with us.”
Boseman’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ co-star Viola Davis also took to her handle to remember the actor and shared a behind-the-scenes still from the film and wrote, “This day last year you left this earth and us. Man, you are missed!!!”
See the other tributes that poured in from Hollywood stars on social media:
Can’t believe how fast time has gone. Thinking of you today, @chadwickboseman. Sam Jones https://t.co/uKzLevgOe4
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) 1630164393000
Not a day goes by one year later, where it doesn’t still hurt. But in the darkness, he always reminds us of the lig… https://t.co/C5Ktuz307C
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) 1630147382000
The death of Chadwick Boseman boggles the mind. Seemingly out of nowhere, he appeared in a flash, bursting on the s… https://t.co/leUilxSJnP
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) 1630128009000
One year without Chadwick Boseman. Thank you for watching over us. We miss you King. https://t.co/lJZipbAR9H
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) 1630168970000
Chadwick made his final on-screen appearance in the Marvel series ‘What If…?’. The actor was set to return as T’Challa in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’ However, following his demise, the makers changed the script to honour his memory.