Chadwick Boseman’s presence is still missed by many, as the world continues to mourn the loss of the young, rising star. While he’s not here in the physical form any longer, many are still revealing how kind his spirit was outside of Hollywood and how he impacted their lives. His family is included in that, with them finally having some peace and ready to speak out on the loss of their brother.
In the time since his passing, we’ve learned from Chadwick’s longtime agent that one of Chadwick’s main reasons for keeping his illness close to the vest, outside of being a private person anyway, was his mother.
“[She] always taught him not to have people fuss over him,” Greene told The Hollywood Reporter about Boseman’s mother, Carolyn. “He also felt in this business that people trip out about things, and he was a very, very private person.”
His trainer Addison Henderson was one of the few who’d seen Boseman struggle through role after role, training him for rigorous movies despite his cancer, and he shared that Boseman wasn’t going to let the disease stop him now that he had finally made it.
“Some people wait a lifetime to get the opportunity that he had,” he added, “and Chad had so much wisdom, so much knowledge, so much inside of him that he wasn’t going to let this disease stop him from telling these amazing stories and showing his art in the prime of his life.”
The article also detailed how even up to the last week, Boseman himself thought that he’d be able to put the weight back on and resume work, convinced that he could beat the cancer diagnosis. The film was set to start pre-production in September, and he intended to be ready.
Even director Ryan Coogler in his tribute said that he’d been writing the sequel for Boseman to of course embody. It was not to be however, as the article says that even Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige found out an hour before Chadwick’s death the extent of his illness.
Now, his brothers are sharing their last conversations and recollections on their departed brother, whom they affectionately referred to and knew as “Chad.” Derrick Boseman, Chadwick’s older brother who is a pastor, told the New York Times that their last conversation seemed to be a release — for both of them.
“Man, I’m in the fourth quarter, and I need you to get me out of the game,” Derrick told the Times his brother said to him during what he realized would be their last conversation. At first not seeming to understand the sports analogy, the elder Boseman brother realized that truth of what his brother was trying to tell him in that moment, sharing that he “then realized that he [Chadwick] was tired. He was ready to go.”
“When he told me that, I changed my prayer from, ‘God heal him, God save him,’ to ‘God, let your will be done,’” Pastor Boseman reminisced. “And the next day he passed away.”
Chadwick’s other brother, Broadway dancer, writer and actor Kevin Boseman, also shared with the times how he chooses to remember his brother.
“I have been trying to remember Chad and not Chadwick,” Kevin, 48, said. “And there’s just been a lot of Chadwick in the air.”