2020 got a bit worse on August 28, when beloved actor Chadwick Boseman passed away at just 43 years of age. His passing came as a shock to the public, seeing how his health situation was kept under wraps over the past few years. Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 but chose to keep the diagnosis private and continue acting.
Boseman began acting in 2003 and got his big break in 2013 when he starred as Jackie Robinson in 42. He was best known for his lead role in Marvel’s Black Panther in 2018 and has been a staple of Marvel films since then. In a short period, the Black Panther became a fan favorite superhero with an impact beyond the box office. Boseman served as a role model, especially for black children worldwide, given the influential black characters he has played. He never passed up an opportunity to visit a sick fan while he was ill. Boseman was a great man on all accounts, and he will be remembered as such.
People say that you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone, which rings true with the loss of Boseman. It doesn’t feel right saying “the late Chadwick Boseman,” and that feeling will likely resonate for a long time. Chadwick Boseman impacted this world that few can reach, and although he is gone, his legacy will live on.