Black Panther has died.
Chadwick Boseman, the actor famous his roles as Jackie Robinson in 42, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall and of course, King T’Challa of Wakanda in Black Panther, and three other Marvel superhero movies was only 43 when he died. According to reports, and statements from Boseman’s family, he had been privately battling colon cancer for four years, after being diagnosed in 2016. This means that since his debut as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, Boseman was suffering from this affliction. For fans everywhere, this fact only adds to his tremendous strength and grace. In an official statement Boseman’s family put it like this: “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much.”
Boseman was born in South Carolina and was a graduate of Howard University in 2000. He shares his alma matter with Kamala Harris, who said this of his passing: “My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble.” Several others on social media also expressed their condolences, including Hulk actor Mark Ruffolo, who said: “What a man. What an immense talent.”
As Black Panther, Boseman was an inspiration for families everywhere. His blend of quiet dignity and strength was unmatched. Boseman showed parents and children how to lead without ego and to project an authority that was kind, understanding, but rock solid. In this way, he was a role model as much to parents as he was to children.
In Black Panther, T’Challa visits his father in a kind of mystical afterlife, where he is told that “death is not the end.” Right now, that is certainly a comforting thought. Wakanda Forever.