During a Black Panther cast Town Hall interview with Sirius XM, the late greatly missed Chadwick Boseman opened up about what the film meant to him and to the community. While doing so, he shared an incredibly touching story about two young boys named Ian and Taylor, both of whom had terminal cancer. Their respective parents had told Boseman that their boys were trying to hold on long enough to see the film because they both saw themselves reflected in it.
Throughout our filming I was communicating with them knowing that they were both terminal and what they said to me is and their parents said they just they’re trying to hold on till this movie comes…to a certain degree it’s a humbling experience because you like this can mean that much to them, you know. …Just to experience those two little boys’ anticipation of this movie and when I found out that they…It means a lot.
Chadwick was talking about my son when he broke down and cried. He was heartbroken that Taylor didn't get to see the finished product. When all of the world's eyes were on him, his heart & mind was on our angel. ? #RIPKing #FightOn #ForTaylor https://t.co/9JCyP5novu
— Brian Hammond (@_Bro_Hamm_) August 29, 2020
Boseman also surprised a group of fans who were sharing what Black Panther means to them on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Black Panther fans filmed a video message sharing what the movie means to them – what they didn’t know was that Chadwick Boseman was right behind the curtain, waiting to surprise them.
Boseman tragically passed away on August 28, 2020, at the age of 43 due to colon cancer. He had been privately battling the disease for four years, during which he continued to work and completed several films, including Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (to be released posthumously).
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Despite his ongoing treatment, Boseman never let on that he was suffering in any way. He instead, turned his attention towards children who were undergoing treatment.
It’s not every day that St. Jude gets a visit from an Avenger! Thank you @ChadwickBoseman for stopping by to bring joy to our patients and learn more about our lifesaving mission! ? ? pic.twitter.com/7RwPO7qgPD
— St. Jude (@StJude) September 12, 2018
Fans everywhere have been sharing their heartfelt condolences to such a wonderful soul who was taken far too soon.
MY BABY BOY AND THE AVENGERS HOLDING A MEMORIAL FOR BLACK PANTHER???#Wakanda4Ever pic.twitter.com/nYAnER23Ig
— King Westbrook (@KingWestbrook7)August 29, 2020
Same here my son is saddened too.. pic.twitter.com/XIWtRWG3UZ
— Ralphster (@ralphters) August 30, 2020
Still one of the greatest scenes in movie history pic.twitter.com/HcNw59s2bO
— Noel (@NoelSznn) August 29, 2020
Rest easy #ChadwickBoseman ???????? @kirkfranklin pic.twitter.com/8TXtQBsZXN
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) August 30, 2020
Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years. https://t.co/KazXV1e7l7
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 29, 2020
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/YQMrEJy90x
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 29, 2020
Chadwick brought grace and humility to a warrior and helped inspire a generation. Rest In Piece. pic.twitter.com/3eZS0vmtfl
— Jeremy Kirby (@jackkirbycomics) August 29, 2020
Chadwick is an inspiration, a warrior with a big kind heart that I’ll never forget. I’m so deeply heartbroken by his passing. Sending love to the Boseman family … R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/WxA7xOCQps
— Jeremy Renner (@JeremyRenner) August 29, 2020
Breaking my twitter silence to share some beauty. This was one of my final texts from the brilliant & once-in-lifetime talent, @chadwickboseman – take this in & celebrate life. He knew how precious every moment was. Tonight the Heavens received one of its most powerful angels. pic.twitter.com/Hj8Cb1IfZS
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) August 29, 2020
— Danai Gurira (@DanaiGurira) August 30, 2020
Devastating news. We lost a great one. Takoto mai r? e ?riki. #chadwickboseman
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) August 29, 2020
My brother-on-law Chip Beale also pointed out that Jack Kirby, the creator of the original Black Panther character, was born on August 28th, the same day of Boseman’s untimely death.
The grandest of creations start out with a simple spark of creativity. The original sketch of who would become the Black Panther. In the 1960s my grandfather felt the world needed a black superhero. Jack Kirby would have been 103 today, August 28th 2020. pic.twitter.com/LRLxhmfjPh
— Jeremy Kirby (@jackkirbycomics) August 28, 2020