South Carolina Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars in 2018. Boseman, an actor whose work celebrated African-American pioneers and culture, has died at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer, according to an announcement posted on Friday to his social media accounts. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Flags flew at half-staff Sunday at South Carolina’s capitol to honor native son and “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman.

The flag of South Carolina and the United States were set to the lowered position around 7 a.m. Sunday and will remain in that state until sunset.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster Saturday ordered the honor for Boseman, who grew up in Anderson, South Carolina.

McMaster tweeted “To honor the life, contributions and memory of a truly extraordinary son of South Carolina @chadwickboseman – I have ordered the flags atop the Statehouse to be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Sunday August 30, 2020, from sunrise to sunset.”

He also added that Boseman’s family would receive the flags after they were taken down.

Boseman died Friday at the age of 43 after a long battle with colon cancer. His family posted on social media that Boseman was first diagnosed in 2016. It started as stage III cancer and progressed to stage IV.

However, during that time Boseman’s career flourished, as he made “Black Panther,” two Avengers movies, “21 Bridges,” “Da 5 Bloods.” Another film, “May Rainey’s Black Bottom,” has not yet been released.

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SOURCE: WLTX, Associated Press