It’s been a heartbreaking weekend, to say the least. One of America’s best actors, and even better human beings, Chadwick Boseman, lost his private fight with colon cancer and sadly passed away at his home at the age of 43 years old. Not only did Boseman make such amazing art with his films like Black Panther, 42, Get On Up, and so many more, but he also used his platform as a celebrity to bring light to so many causes, including equality and fighting cancer. Such a bright light in the world is gone, but he will never be forgotten. And now, the godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr., shares his condolences and memories of King T’Challa.
Downey Jr. took to Twitter, like so many other Marvel stars before him, and shared a GIF of himself and Boseman having laughs together. He looks to honor Chadwick’s memory and remember the good times, and the laughs. He had this to say:
“Mr. Boseman leveled the playing field while fighting for his life… That’s heroism. I’ll remember the good times, the laughter, and the way he changed the game…”
Mr. Boseman leveled the playing field while fighting for his life… That’s heroism. I’ll remember the good times, the laughter, and the way he changed the game… #chadwickforever @chadwickboseman pic.twitter.com/IFfCSmLrhR
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) August 29, 2020
It’s hard to even imagine what the man was going through. During his tenure at Marvel, he was in the midst of a battle with stage 3 colon cancer, yet he went out and gave it his all. He knew the impact of his character and what it meant to minorities worldwide, and with a smile on his face, gave us all a hero we can be proud of. I’m not talking about T’Challa, either, but Chadwick Boseman himself. He was a real-life superhero – and someone we can all look up to, admire, and respect.
Regardless of your beliefs, you know that Chadwick is in a better place, no longer suffering, and our thoughts and prayers should be with his family in this tough time. And remember, while he may not be with us physically, his art and his work is immortal. Rest in power and in love, Chadwick.
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