Chadwick Boseman: Marvel boss didn’t learn of Black Panther star’s cancer until day of his death

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Wednesday 02 September 2020 18:55 BST
Tributes paid to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman
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Marvel boss Kevin Feige reportedly did not learn about Chadwick Boseman’s illness until the day of the actor’s death.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Feige, who has been the president of Marvel Studios since 2007, received an “urgent email” regarding Boseman on 28 August, containing “no further information”.

Feige reportedly didn’t get to read the email until an hour later, at which point Boseman had already died.

The Independent has contacted Marvel and Feige’s representatives for more information.

Boseman’s death came as a shock for many. The actor had not publicly discussed his diagnosis with colon cancer.

Chadwick Boseman during the 2019 American Music Awards on 24 November 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Chadwick Boseman during the 2019 American Music Awards on 24 November 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp)

In a statement announcing his death, his family said he was diagnosed with stage-three colon cancer in 2016. The illness then progressed to stage four.

Boseman was 43. Among his accomplishments, his portrayal of T’Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had earned him worldwide acclaim.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in a statement. “...It was the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Feige has previously paid tribute to Boseman, saying in a statement: “Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend.

“Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life.

“He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”

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