Forty-three years old Actor Chadwick Boseman, who starred as Black icon Jackie Robinson in “42” before rising to fame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the regal Black Panther, died Friday of colon cancer, according to his representative.
Actor Chadwick Boseman’s death came as Jackie Robinson Day was observed by the Major League Baseball, with teams celebrating the man for breaking the color barrier in the sport’s in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers in. Jackie Robinson Day is usually observed on April 15, but this season, the celebration was postponed to August 28 to accommodate the COVID-19-altered season that began in late July.
The Sports fraternity reacts to the tragic death of actor Chadwick Boseman.
“Jackie Robinson Day was celebrated by the Major League Baseball–Robinson role among acting triumphs by Boseman.”
After “42” was released in 2013, Boseman, in an interview, was asked what playing Jackie Robinson meant to him and whether he thought the movie would birth future conversations about racial injustice issues.
“I am proud to play Jackie Robinson,” he said. “And I feel like those [racial] barriers will eventually come down. They will come down. And I’m glad that I’m continuing that tradition of expanding people’s barriers.
“I think that’s why you do the movie. You have to show the sickness or expose the sickness to get rid of it.”
The Major League Baseball stated Chadwick Boseman’s death on Friday night, and tributes from the sports fraternity poured in across social media.
“According to the Jackie Robinson Foundation described Boseman as a consummate professional as they mourned the loss.”
The Jackie Robinson Foundation praised actor Chadwick “as a consummate professional” who “absorbed every story, every memory, and every photo and film excerpt he could consume to help translate the soul of an American hero.”
Chadwick Boseman appeared in “Draft Day” after “42” the following year, taking up the role of a League prospect whom the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, portrayed by Kevin Costner, was thinking about drafting.
Chadwick Boseman was a judge during the much-discussed dunk contest in February as part of the league’s All-Star Weekend. He helped Victor Oladipo two years earlier during the same event to put on a Black Panther mask before the Pacers star converted an epic dunk while wearing the mask.
The black panther star passed away, with his wife and some family members by his side, according to his publicist, Nicki Fioravante. He kicked the bucket in his home in Los Angeles. Chadwick Boseman had been diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, according to the report by his family.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement. “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. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Late Chadwick Boseman did not make mention anything about his diagnosis for colon cancer publicly. May his soul rest in peace.
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George Floyd, who was a Black man, passed away on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer in Minneapolis pressed a knee forcefully against George Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes. Someone on a cellphone video captured the gruesome incident.