Last updated on Aug 30th, 2020 at 01:11 pm

On Friday, the entertainment world was rocked by the shocking news that Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman had passed away from cancer

The talented actor, playwright, and producer had kept his four-year battle with colon cancer a secret, and had continued to film a number of projects while he underwent treatment.

According to a statement on his social media accounts, Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which eventually progressed to a stage IV before 2020.

Boseman died at his home from complications related to colon cancer on 28 August 2020, with his wife and family by his side. He was 43 years old.

Here are 10 things you need to know about Chadwick Boseman:

  1. Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. His mother was a nurse and his father worked in a textile factory and managed an upholstery business.
  2. Boseman was raised as a Christian and was part of a church choir and youth group. According to various interviews, he said that he had prayed to be the Black Panther before he was cast as the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  3. He was a vegetarian.
  4. He married singer Taylor Simone Ledward in 2019.
  5. He was always passionate about human rights. He wrote his first play in his junior year in high school shortly after one of his classmates was tragically shot and killed.
  6. In his early years, he worked as a drama instructor in Harlem, New York for the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program.
  7. He graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing. He also graduated from New York City’s Digital Film Academy.
  8. Boseman got his first ever TV role in 2003, in an episode of Third Watch. He also appeared in episodes of Law & Order, CSI:NY, and ER while continuing to pursue his passion of writing plays.
  9. His first starring role was in the 2013 film 42, in which he portrayed baseball pioneer and star Jackie Robinson. In 2014, he starred as James Brown in Get on Up. Two years later, he starred as Thoth, a deity from Egyptian mythology, in Gods of Egypt.
  10. He headlined Black Panther in 2018 which focused on his Marvel Comics character T’Challa and his home country of Wakanda in Africa. The movie was one of the highest-grossing films of the year in the United States. He reprised the role in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which were released in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The world has lost a massive talent, and a strong voice for human rights. May his legacy live on and inspire the generations of the future.

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Celebrities around the world paid tribute to the actor:

 

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I’m so shocked and sad.. RIP Chadwick 💔💔💔 I’m sending my condolences to all the family..

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I have to say this because it’s on my heart. We all must do and be better about how we discuss people aesthetically. I remember reading things people were saying about Chadwick’s dramatic weight loss without ever considering his circumstances. Now, my heart is breaking because a young and vital talent has ascended, and I pray he never felt the withering assault of public scrutiny. I pray that his family knows just how beloved he is. That he was always a perfect gentleman with strong convictions. Always gracious. Graceful. Many of us are inconsolable right now; but I’ve put my mother on the case. I’ve prayed and asked her to show him around heaven and to look in on us every once in a while!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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What a lovely soul. Chad, I miss you already brother. Da Blood

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My brotha I’m truly gonna miss you! You brought all of our hero’s to life. We thank you! Rest In Peace Chadwick Boseman🖤

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