His death didn’t affect me in any way, at least not until I saw his cause of death. 2020 has done that to us, made us numb to an extent. For me, it felt like just another death. It wasn’t until I read his cause of death that I got awestruck. I made my way to his Instagram page and watched half of his post.
”it is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. 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. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. - His family on Instagram.
I could not believe behind all the smiles and all the interview and actions was a man battling for his life. I am wondering how each morning felt like. I am wondering how hard he must have worked to be exceptional. Excellence is nothing near easy when you are fully healthy so I wonder how had it must have been for him. For four years he showed up. Giving “it”, “us” his all.
I can only imagine him saying to himself to make his life count. I imagine him saying to himself, “until my last breath, I will live”. In his hopelessness, he gave hope.
I loved Black Panther but to some extent, I did not understand the hype (don’t come for me). I loved it when he reappeared in the end game. I enjoyed his chants with his people but beyond that, he was just another good actor. Today, however, he has become a hero, a role model, and an inspiration.
I am glad your death made sense. I am glad I know you lived. You fought a good fight and even in death, you won.
I am thankful, not because he died but because he allowed his death to give meaning to life. In his death, we have a sense of hope. A true hero. The one who worked the pain through the pain.
It’s so unfortunate that you will never get to see this but I am glad that your death means so much to me. I am inspired by your life, I am inspired by your strength and I am inspired by your heart. You are truly a warrior and a king.
Rest well Chadwick Boseman, you are a king forever.