Fans and Celebrities React to Chadwick Boseman’s Passing
Fans around the world are learning of Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death. The 43-year-old Black Panther actor silently battled colon cancer for four years and sadly, succumbed to the disease yesterday. Reactions are pouring in through a variety of social media outlets.
Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Boseman’s Honor
The Governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, announced that flags above the Statehouse will be lowered to half-staff tomorrow in Boseman’s honor.
Chadwick Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. He graduated from T.L. Hanna High School where, in his junior year, he wrote his first play titled Crossroads. The play was written and staged in honor of a classmate who had been shot and killed.
To honor the life, contributions and memory of a truly extraordinary son of South Carolina @chadwickboseman – I have ordered the flags atop the Statehouse to be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Sunday August 30, 2020, from sunrise to sunset. https://t.co/dMEHBIbBe5
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) August 29, 2020
Fellow Avengers in Shock
From Captain America to Thor, Boseman’s Avengers co-stars are devastated by his loss. Several have taken to social media to share their grief.
I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking.
Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King💙 pic.twitter.com/oBERXlw66Z
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 29, 2020
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) August 29, 2020
i will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god … ✌🏿♥️✊🏿 🙅🏿♂️ forever and ever … https://t.co/9pORaKZuQN pic.twitter.com/awX3DiTVwn
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 29, 2020
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020
Russo Brothers Ask Fans to Live In His Honor
Perhaps one of the most meaningful tweets we’ve come across was that of the Russo Brothers, the directing team that worked with Boseman to bring us Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
They called upon fans to honor Boseman’s memory by “emulating him – show kindness and love to others. Share your talents in ways that impact. Always strive to be a light in the darkness.”
Chadwick was such an elegant man with great integrity and tremendous talent. He inspired an entire generation to stand up and be king. Honor him by emulating him-show kindness and love to others. Share your talents in ways that impact. Always strive to be a light in the darkness. pic.twitter.com/8XRpRejnf7
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) August 29, 2020
Boseman Will Be Remembered for His Work
Most were unaware that Boseman had been battling cancer since 2016, the same year he made his Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Debut in Captain America: Civil War. Although the disease and treatment took a terrible toll on his body, Boseman still found the strength to film the movies he was so proud to be a part of. He also attended red carpet premieres, participated in interviews and performed charity work throughout his illness.
Boseman’s work as T’Challa, King of Wakanda, is how he will be remembered. Black Panther broke several records when it made its debut in 2018. Not only was it the first film with a solo Black lead, but it also received seven Academy Award nominations – the very first superhero movie to do so.
Sadly, Black Panther 2, originally scheduled to debut on May 6, 2022, had not started production before Boseman’s death.
Our hearts are heavy and we send all of our love to his family and friends.
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