“Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman recently passed away from cancer and a video of him tearing up while talking about losing two fans to the disease has since resurfaced.
On August 28, 2020, Chadwick Boseman, 43, shocked the world when it was revealed that he’d lost his private battle with cancer. The star was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016.
Looking back at a February 2018, SiriusXM interview with Sway Calloway, puts into perspective why the actor was highly emotional while discussing two boys who had the same disease. In the resurfaced clip, Boseman was interviewed with fellow “Black Panther” stars.
Chadwick Boseman at the ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images
“BLACK PANTHER’S” IMPACT
The late actor was discussing how the film had positively affected Black communities. The star explained that he had two young fans that died from cancer not long before the Calloway interview.
Boseman explained how he’d stayed in touch with the two terminally ill boys while shooting “Black Panther.” He revealed how the children’s parents shared how their sons were fighting to stay alive until the movie was released.
HOLDING BACK TEARS
The actor struggled to hold back his tears as he confessed that Ian and Taylor had sadly passed away before the movie came out. As he struggled to pull himself together, fellow co-stars Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'o reached over to comfort him.
CONTEMPLATING HIS LIFE
It’s possible that Boseman was contemplating his own battle and mortality as he related the story about the two boys. The star, who kept his cancer diagnosis a secret, died at his home in Los Angeles, according to his publicist Nicki Fioravante.
His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, who is one of his survivors, and family were with him when he took his last breath. By the time the actor passed on, the cancer had progressed to stage four.
PAYING TRIBUTE TO CHADWICK
His “Black Panther” co-stars have since taken to social media to pay tribute to him. Besides acting on “Black Panther,” Boseman has also starred on “Da 5 Bloods,” “Marshall,” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” to name a few.