R.I.P Chadwick Boseman

Photo Via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Common License

Photo Via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Common License

Chadwick Boseman who is most known for his role in the movie “Black Panther,” passed away on August 28th at 43 years old. He died around his wife and family by his side in his home in Los Angeles. His cause of death was colon cancer. His family says he was diagnosed 4 years ago. “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. “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.”

But what exactly is colon cancer and what effects would it have had on him? Colon cancer is dangerous like all cancers, but this one is the second leading cancer that causes the most deaths per year. Colon cancer begins in the large intestine which is the colon. It occurs when clumps of cells. These are called polyps, these polyps over time are what can turn into the cancer. This cancer usually appears in older adults but can happen at any age. There are some treatments that can help control it like, surgery, radiation therapy, and drug treatments that include, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

Chadwick lived 4 years after being diagnosed with colon cancer. He was a very strong person and a talented actor. His movie Black Panther, was the first marvel movie to win not one but two oscars. His legacy lives on.