In Memory Of: Beloved Stars We Lost This Year

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Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman’s death came as a shock to so many, as just about everyone outside of his small circle were unaware the actor was privately fighting colon cancer until his death in late August. He was diagnosed with the disease only four years ago, and died at the age of 43, as reported by the Associated Press.

Boseman’s legacy continues to live on through the widely impactful and larger than life roles he played, such as James Brown, Jackie Robinson, and most prominently, King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther. The last film he acted in, Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, was released earlier in December to the excitement of his fans. His mentor and friend Denzel Washington — who produced the project — said “Chadwick will be remembered as a hero.”

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