Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman's brother recalls the last conversation he had with the actor. who died at age 43 from complications stemming from colon cancer in August.
In an interview with the New York Times, Derrick Boseman, Chadwick's eldest brother, recalled what would be their final conversation. “Man, I’m in the fourth quarter, and I need you to get me out of the game," the pastor, 54, remembered his youngest brother saying. Derrick told the Times he asked Chadwick what he meant, "but then realized that he was tired. He was ready to go.
Derrick further said "When he told me that, I changed my prayer from, ‘God heal him, God save him,’ to ‘God, let you will be done,’” Pastor Boseman continued. “And the next day he passed away.”
Chadwick's other brother, Kevin Boseman, also spoke to the outlet about the Chadwick he knew versus the world-renowned Marvel star. “I have been trying to remember Chad and not Chadwick,”. He continued, “A lot of people think making it means becoming an A-list movie star. I didn’t force that. I just knew that if Chad wanted to work in the arts, he would find a way and take care of himself." “He always did his best,” Kevin added. “His best was incredible.”
Marvel star was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which eventually progressed to stage IV before 2020. He had never spoken publicly about his cancer diagnosis, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, "only a handful of non-family members knew that Boseman was sick with varying degrees of knowledge about the severity of [his] condition".During treatment, involving multiple surgeries and chemotherapy, he continued to work and completed production for several films, including Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and others. Boseman died at his home as a result of complications related to colon cancer on August 28, 2020, with his wife and family by his side.
Boseman achieved international fame for playing superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) from 2016 to 2019. He appeared in four MCU films, including an eponymous 2018 film that earned him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. As the first black actor to headline an MCU film, Boseman was also named to the 2018 Time 100. His final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, is scheduled to be released posthumously.