Black Panther executive producer Nate Moore has announced the emotional final text he received from Chadwick Boseman before he passed away.
The Marvel star, 43, sadly died from colon cancer on Friday after battling the disease behind closed doors. Not many knew of Boseman’s struggles while he continued to act in multiple movies and visited sick children in hospitals.
Specifically, it was Boseman’s work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation that he mentioned. A portion of Boseman’s text to Moore said, “It broke me, man” when speaking of his charity work.
Chadwick Boseman and His Charity Work
In an interview with People, Moore talked about their collaboration of working with sick children. The two “worked together to get a young boy a voice note from T’Challa, (and) a package of toys.”
The filmmaker said the actor cared deeply about his charity work. He said Boseman cared “so intently, and in hindsight, so personally” about the terminally ill children they worked with.
And even though it “broke” the movie star to see the kids like that, Boseman knew it was important. He texted Moore saying “we need to do that for them.”
“People deserve abundant life, special moments,” Boseman’s text continued. “They’ve been through hell battling disease. If we were able to ease their suffering and bring joy for a moment, and hopefully moments [as] he goes through the bags, then we made a difference in his life,” concluded the ’42’ star.
The Movie Star’s Secret
Meanwhile, a new story by THR reports that apart from family, Boseman only told a small group about his fight with cancer. The report said that no one involved with Black Panther was aware of his sickness. The Marvel superhero movie earned $1.35 billion worldwide, and was nominated for a best picture Oscar award.
Boseman’s family finally shared his health struggles with the world after he died at home in Los Angeles last week.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” the statement read. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.”
The family revealed that most of Boseman’s recent movies were filmed “during countless surgeries and chemotherapy.” Some of the films include Da 5 Bloods, Marshall, and August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” the statement concluded.
The actor, who kept his diagnosis and personal life secret until the end, is survived by his wife Taylor Simone Ledward, and had no children.
[H/T Daily Mail]