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By: Reggie Ugwu and Micheal Levenson
TL;DR Hollywood lost one of the biggest male lead stars, Chadwick Boseman, to colon cancer this past week.
Chadwick Boseman, who played the part of many prominent black characters in Hollywood, died in his Hollywood home at the age of 43. Boseman played many groundbreaking figures, from Black Panther, in the superhero movie to roles such as Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall. Boseman was one of his generation’s most sought-after leading male actors. His death was confirmed by his publicist, who said he passed with his wife and family by his side.
Boseman had been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, and it had progressed to stage 4. Through his struggle, he continued to bring some of his most beloved movies to our screens. He was said to have filmed many of his hit films during and between countless surgeries and treatments for chemotherapy. Boseman was a relatively private star in Hollywood. He had a somewhat late break in his career, landing the role of Jackie Robinson at age 35. However, he made up for the lost time and continued to act in many prominent roles.
His death and excellent work were recognized widely as many prominent figures voiced their support and gratitude for his ability to bring history to life on the big screen. Some people who went online to show support for the actor included Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King III, Joesph Biden, Michelle Obama, and countless others. His death impacted all of Hollywood and his fan base, but his films and legacy will continue to be admired.
Written by: Sofia Christensen, Intern
Edited by: Lisa Knight, COO & Mentor