Chadwick Boseman in the entirety of his career has played some really iconic figures. But it’s safe to say he himself was as much an icon off screen as the characters he played on screen.
When the news broke on August 28th 2020 of his passing, celebrities and fans alike were left in a state of shock. He was 43 at the time and had been battling with colon cancer for the last 4 years. It was heartbreaking to learn that he had been fighting for his life when he gave the world some of his best performances in movies like Marshall, Da 5 Bloods and all the MCU projects, including Black Panther.
A couple weeks before his passing, Boseman took to twitter to applaud a fellow Howard alum, Senator Kamala Harris, who was recently chosen as the vice presidential running mate for Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Harris is the first Black female candidate for the post of Vice President in the history of the United States. Joe Biden had previously served as Vice President for the United States first African-American President Barack Obama.
The late actor posted a photo with Harris from the Families Belong Together – Freedom for Immigrants March at Los Angeles City Hall in June 2018 with the caption, “YES @KamalaHarris!” – followed by three clapping hands emojis and the hashtags “#WhenWeAllVote #Vote2020.”
Boseman had also been very vocal about the ongoing protests being held all over the States on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. He along with fellow actor Viola Davies and 300 other names from Hollywood signed a letter initiated by the Insecure actor Kendrick Simpson. The letter was published in Variety, which included a list of demands, in addition to the industry divesting from the police because of the ongoing police brutality in the country.
In the wake of Boseman’s demise, both Kamala Harris and Joe Biden took to Twitter to convey their condolences.
Harris posted two tweets – in the first tweet she posted a photo of herself hugging the late actor along with a message. “Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family.” In the second tweet Harris writes, “From his groundbreaking work in Black Panther to his portrayal of Thurgood Marshall, Chadwick Boseman helped paint a new picture of what’s possible. Keeping his family, friends, and fans in my prayers during this difficult time.”
Presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted “The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.”
The world lost this gem of an actor and man too soon, but his legacy remains in the form of his groundbreaking work. The upcoming Netflix movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, might be Boseman’s last, but will serve to be yet another testament of the actor’s talent and brilliance.
After his passing, the actor’s team took to the social media platform to announce the news of Boseman’s death, which has now become the most liked tweet of all time. The official handle of Twitter announced it on Sunday with the caption – “Most Liked Tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King. #WakandaForever”