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The World Reacts to the Devastating Loss of Chadwick Boseman

By The Pajiba Staff | Obituaries | August 29, 2020 |

By The Pajiba Staff | Obituaries | August 29, 2020 |


Chadwick Boseman died yesterday. He was 43. The actor — who has played icons Jackie Robinson (42), James Brown (Get On Up), and Thurgood Marshall (Marshall), as well as T’Challa in Black Panther — had been quietly battling colon cancer since 2016. He died at home with his family and wife by his side.

It is a devastating loss of a tremendous person, and we want to recognize the passing of Boseman, but take some time to collect our thoughts and write an appropriate memoriam to Boseman in the coming days. In the meantime, we wanted to give a space here for those who might want to share their thoughts on the actor. A number of people in the entertainment, political, and academic worlds have also paid tribute to him online.

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“It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day. And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever! We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs, preparing for the day together as mother and son. I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother…”thou aren’t not dead but flown afar…”. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.” #WakandaForever

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Rest in peace. Mr. Boseman.

For anyone who might want to donate to colon cancer charities in Boseman’s honor, here is a thread of appropriate charities.

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