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Malibu, California – The world lost a true living king when Chadwick Boseman lost his five-year battle with colon cancer on August 28, 2020. Chadwick had a devastating moment on set of his final film on Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, months before his death at 43. In a tribute to the king, friends and loved ones gathered together to pay their respects to the late actor. People stated, “A private memorial was held for the Black Panther star in Malibu, California, according to photographs obtained by The Sun. In addition to the late actor’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward, the memorial was also attended by a number of Boseman’s friends and costars, including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke”.
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In a touching tribute to the true living king, Michael B. Jordan professed as stated in People , “Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. ‘Is this your king!?’ Yes he is! Rest In Power Brother”.
‘Is this your king!?’ Yes he is! Rest In Power Brother.”Michael B. Jordan, People
Secretly battling the disease that would kill him, Chadwick had an emotional moment on set of his final film. The actor’s last role comes as trumpet player Levee in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. In a statement provided by the Wall Street Journal, “The film’s director, Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, recalled how one scene turned surprisingly poignant for the late star. The scene came as Levee belittles Colman Domingo’s Cutler for being a man of faith, ending in an emotional monologue the director didn’t think Boseman would attempt in one take. The speech sees Levee look up to the skies and challenge “Cutler’s God,” according to the magazine”.
Wolfe also stated to the Wall Street Journal, “We were doing it in a very casual way, and I assumed that when Levee got to the big speech that Chadwick was going to stop. But he didn’t stop. He kept going, and Levee took over—it was raw and explosive, afterwards, Chadwick just started to sob, and Colman hugged him, and then Chadwick’s girlfriend basically picked him up”.
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Only the best for Chadwick Boseman, talk about a true living king. According to People, “Should he be nominated for Best Actor at the 2021 Academy Awards, Boseman will be the first posthumous nominee in the category since Massimo Troisi for 1995’s Il Postino. If he is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, he would become the third person in Oscar history to do so, following Ralph Richardson in 1984’s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and Heath Ledger in 2008’s The Dark Knight.” Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom starts streaming on Netflix on Dec. 18″.