By Stephen Ippolito | August 28th, 2020
On Friday, August 28th, the entire world was stunned to learn that actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as T’Challa in Black Panther, died after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.
Boseman’s Twitter account broke the news with a tweet at 10:11 pm ET. Since being posted, the tweet has gone on to become the most-liked tweet in the history of Twitter’s existence.
Born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, Boseman made his acting debut in 2003 during an episode of the series Third Watch. In 2013 he played Jackie Robinson in the film 42, considered to be his break-out role. Boseman would go on to star in other films in which he played historical figures (Get on Up, and Marshall).
On Oct. 28, 2014, during a press presentation of Marvel Studios’ upcoming films, Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige announced that Boseman would play T’Challa in the MCU. A role he would play four times, including 2018’s Black Panther.
Feige has released a statement on the passing of Boseman.
Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.
On Sunday, Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler wrote a tribute to Boseman. In it, Coogler called him a “special person” and that he has to “reckon with the fact that Chad is an ancestor now.”
All across social media, tributes poured in from some of Boseman’s co-stars in the MCU.