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As the world mourns the loss of Actor Chadwick Boseman, we’d like to celebrate the life of the man who touched so many by bringing life, hope and inspiration to fans around the world.

Among his many roles, Chadwick Boseman played Black icons Jackie Robinson, James Brown and starred in the hit 2018 Marvel cinematic movie Black Panther.  At age 43, Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side.  His family reported Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. Although a public figure, he was known to keep quiet about his personal life, choosing not to speak publicly about his diagnosis.

Below are some interesting and awesome facts about the beloved actor, and highlights of memorable moments Chadwick left behind.

•In October 2019, Page Six, reported Boseman got engaged to his girlfriend, singer Taylor Simone Ledward, and were believed to have gotten married in secret in the months before his death.

•Denzel Washington paid for Chadwick Boseman’s education at Oxford University. “I’ve basically been holding this secret my whole career,” Boseman told Jimmy Fallon in an interview. The Black Panther star said he’s since met Washington in real life and thanked him.

•Chadwick beat out many other actors for the role of Jackie Robinson. Director Brian Helgeland liked Boseman’s bravery and cast him after he had auditioned twice.

•One of Boseman’s former college teachers was Phylicia Rashad, who became a mentor.

•He had a HUGE family. Boseman couldn’t get his whole family into the “Black Panther” premiere. “When my grandmother died, she left 115 grandkids and great grandkids. That was just one side,” he told MR PORTER in an interview.

Chadwick surprising fans

Chadwick Boseman Surprises Black Panther Fans While They Thank Him

Black Panther fans filmed a video message sharing what the movie means to them - what they didn't know was that Chadwick Boseman was right behind the curtain...

T’Challa on Black Jeopardy (SNL)

Black Jeopardy with Chadwick Boseman - SNL

Shanice (Leslie Jones), Rashad (Chris Redd) and T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) compete on Black Jeopardy, hosted by Darnell Hayes (Kenan Thompson). #SNL #SNL43 ...

Chadwick passes award to real life hero

Chadwick Boseman Wins Best Hero & Honors James Shaw Jr. | 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Chadwick Boseman talks about the importance of 'Black Panther' and presents his Golden Popcorn to real-life hero James Shaw Jr. while accepting the Best Hero...

Memories: Chadwick Boseman Photo Gallery

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