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Chadwick Boseman‘s death has shocked and saddened the world. His family revealed on Friday night that the Black Panther, Da 5 Bloods and Get on Up star had been lost the four year battle he’d fought with cancer. Tributes poured in from fellow actors, directors, studios, politicians and musicians, with last night’s TV special Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute to a King a testament to the respect he was held with in the industry.
Naturally many of the tributes have focused on his most prominent role as T’Challa in Black Panther. But it should be remembered that he had a career beyond the MCU. Boseman’s breakout role came in 2013’s 42, an acclaimed biopic about real-life sporting hero Jackie Robinson. The role indelibly connected Boseman to Robinson and he subsequently spent a lot of time working with the Jackie Robinson Foundation to further their causes.
Now Boseman’s 42 co-star Harrison Ford has joined the chorus of praise. While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Ford said:
“Chadwick Boseman was as compelling, powerful and truthful as the characters he chose to play… His intelligence, personal dignity and deep commitment inspired his colleagues and elevated the stories he told. He is as much a hero as any he played. He is loved and will be deeply missed.”
Chadwick Boseman's Family Issues Statement On His Death
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It doesn’t look like the outpouring of emotion the public have had to Boseman’s death is going to come to an end anytime soon. His choice of roles throughout his career and the way he used his stardom and fortune to encourage and support young creators transformed him into a truly inspirational figure. And now that we’ve learned that he accomplished all this while battling cancer in private without ever asking for a moment of sympathy?
Well, in my opinion, Ford is right that this makes Chadwick Boseman a hero.