Chadwick Boseman had been dealing with the diagnosis of colon cancer for 4 long years, which he decided to keep out of the public eye. In fact, only a select few knew about his illness.

The reason why he decided to keep his illness a secret has finally been revealed, and it's heartbreaking...


The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman shocked us all.

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While appearing in different movies, we had no idea that the late actor was battling colon cancer.

And there's a heartbreaking reason he decided to keep it a secret.

Not only to his fans, but to Marvel, too...

But he has left behind some amazing content to remember him by...

Including the legendary movie that is Black Panther.

Black Pather completely revolutionized the film industry.

Back in 2018, Black Panther became the talk of the town as it hit all major big-screens.

We'd never seen anything like this before.

Marvel's superhero movie brought cultural importance to the forefront of a storyline while still maintaining the classic "hero vs villain" trope.

And even outside of the storyline, this movie broke barriers.

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With black talent spread across the entire cast and production, Black Panther became more than just a social talking point. It became an artistic celebration of black culture.

In the past, we have struggled to see such overwhelming representation.

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The genre typically upholds traditional superhero visuals, as seen with Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, and Batman, just to name a select few...

But Black Panther saw a whole new story brought to life.

A culture that was once seen as other, brought about celebration in a way that actually brought audiences together to share their love for the genre.

And one of the main reasons for this was the cast members...

In such a strong line-up of actors and actresses, we saw the fusion of old and new black actors including Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Letitia Wright.

But the star of the show was none other than Chadwick Boseman.

The Guardian described him as a man who is helping to "[open] up people's minds."

The forty-two-year-old played the main character, Black Panther.

Even though Boseman made an appearance in Captain America: Civil War prior to this blockbuster, no one really acknowledged the talent and drive behind his character.

That's why he talked about the pressure that came about with such a big role.

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He explained how most of it was "brought on himself." "It’s not like it’s actually coming from outside. I think we all placed that pressure on ourselves with this cos we knew what the opportunity was. Everyone knew this was something that had not been done before."

"So you have to get it right."

But it was more than just mental pressure, he was also struggling with his own battles as we found out last week.

Even though Boseman seemed pretty happy and excitable on his socials, fans pointed out that he didn't look well in more recent times...

The first video to raise the most concern was when the star was celebrating Major League Baseball's "Jackie Robinson Day" with his fans, people flocked to social media platforms to express their concerns. The video has since been deleted from his actual Instagram, but we have the footage.

Lots of people sent him well-wishes...

Like this user.

Others defended his privacy...

Fans helpfully pointed out that Boseman was not a public person when it came to revealing personal details.

But then it all made sense when the announcement was made...

He was going through severe health problems, and that's why his fans were so concerned about his appearance.

The late actor has left us with incredible movies to cement his legacy in the industry.

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And the director of Black Pather, Ryan Coogler has recently spoken out about how Chadwick influenced one of the most iconic lines in the film.

It seems as though Chadwick was extremely dedicated to the job.

According to EW, the director revealed that while filming a scene with John Kani, who played his father in the film, he learned Kani's native language in a day, which eventually became the official language of Wakanda.

Coogler went into more detail, saying this:

"I thought to myself, ‘He just learned lines in another language, that day?’ I couldn’t conceive how difficult that must have been, and even though I hadn’t met Chad, I was already in awe of his capacity as an actor."

He continued:

"The decision to have Xhosa be the official language of Wakanda was solidified by Chad, a native of South Carolina, because he was able to learn his lines in Xhosa, there on the spot."

He really thought about the fine details of his role, including his accent.

"He advocated for his character to speak with an African accent so that he could present T’Challa to audiences as an African king, whose dialect had not been conquered by the West."

So many more amazing details have emerged about Boseman's life...

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Including his decision to keep his terminal illness a secret.

It was reported only Chadwick’s family and a small group of insiders knew about the severity of his illness.

The small group included; producing partner Logan Coles, trainer Addison Henderson, his agent Michael Greene, and director Brian Helgeland, who all had "varying degrees of knowledge about the severity of his condition."

Kevin Feige, Marvel's chief creative officer, received an urgent email on Friday detailing Chadwick's rapid decline.

Sadly, by the time he had read the message, Chadwick had already passed away.

There was a reason why Chadwick didn't want to make his illness public...

An insider revealed tat Chadwick "was convinced until about a week before his death that he was going to beat cancer and would be able to gain the weight back for a Black Panther sequel that was scheduled to go into production in March. The actor was even set to prepare for the new film beginning in September."

This is such a tragedy.

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