Sunday, June 16, 2024

RIP Great Tragedy in Hollywood: Chadwick Boseman, Star of “Black Panther,” Dies at Age 43 of Colon Cancer


Terrible, tragic news: Chadwick Boseman, a fantastic actor and wonderful guy, has died at age 42. He’d been suffering from cancer for some time. Boseman had lost a lot of weight, and was photographed going into doctor’s offices, etc. There was a lot of speculation that something was wrong.

Condolences to his family, friends, and fans. This is awful.

Ironically, Chadwick played Jackie Robinson in the movie “42.” Tonight Major League Baseball is celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. All the players are wearing Jackie’s number, 42. Jackie Robinson Day was rescheduled to today from April 15th, but there was no baseball then. So this is very eerie.

Boseman starred also in Black Panther and many other other films including “Marshall,” in which he played Thurgood Marshall. He was note perfect in everything he did.

According to reports, he’d been suffering from colon cancer for 4 years. He was diagnosed in 2016, which means he kept this secret and made all those movies knowing the clock was ticking. Heartbreaking.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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