To the surprise of many Avengers and Black Panther co-stars and fans, Chadwick Boseman died after a 4-year battle with colon cancer. Many people were shocked when they found out that the Black Panther star actually had colon cancer for four years until his death recently, because he never spoke openly about it. A few months ago, Boseman was in the news when he posted a video of himself on social media that caused many of his fans to worry about the drastic change in his appearance.
On his instagram account where the video was posted, he can be seen promoting Jackie Robinson-inspired “Operation 42” amid a coronavirus pandemic. Next to the video is a caption that reads: “Operation 42, I hear stories of despair from people across the country, and we know our communities are the hardest hit and urgently in need of help. Celebrating #JackieRobinsonDay with the launch of Thomas Tull # Operation42, a donation of $ 4.2 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals serving African-American communities that have been hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you Jackie for refusing to accept the world as it is, for showing us that we can make a difference.”
Operation 42 is poised to donate $ 4.2 million in medical equipment to the communities most affected by the coronavirus. But what worried his fans most was that, in that video, he looked tired and too skinny. When news of his death broke, the condolences and tributes from his fans and Marvel and Black Panther co-stars overflowed. Boseman appeared several times in some famous Hollywood movies. He played the role of King T’Challa in four films: Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
One of his co-stars, Brie Larson, who played the role of Captain Marvel, took to Instagram and posted a photo of the two of them together. She has this message written next to the photo: “Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace. Who stood for so much more than himself. Who took the time to really see how you were doing and gave words of encouragement when you felt unsure. I’m honored to have the memories I have. The conversations, the laughter. My heart is with you and your family. You will be missed and never forgotten.”
Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, which has worsened to stage 4, and which he battled within 4 years. But the Black Panther star has proven that he was indeed a fighter, as he was still able to star in seven movies during his battle with cancer. His family has issued a statement that says: “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”