Chadwick Boseman, who made a global impact bringing “Black Panther” to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after playing Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown on the silver screen, died of colon cancer at his home in the Los Angeles area on Aug. 28, 2020. He was 43.
Introducing Simone Boseman during Saturday’s telecast, “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson spoke of cancer’s disregard for who a person is: “It doesn’t matter if you’re a mother in south L.A., a best friend in Brooklyn, or an international superhero.”
Anderson added: “Many of us were devastated to learn of Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing after he privately grappled with cancer for several years. The world lost an incredible artist and a true hero. But before he was a public figure, he was a person like you or me: a son, a brother, uncle, cousin, friend, colleague, husband. Many of us are all too familiar with the fracture a dearly loved one’s passing leaves in the lives of those who love them.”
Simone Boseman performed the 1938 song “I’ll Be Seeing You,” which Anderson introduced as a number about “living with the reality of loss and finding a way forward.” As the performance drew to an end, she became visibly emotional. A photo of her and her late husband hugging was projected in the background.
Stand Up to Cancer, a charity co-founded by Katie Couric, aired its show Saturday night on ABC. Co-hosted by Anderson, Sofia Vergara, Ken Jeong and Tran Ho, it was executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth and featured performances by Brittany Howard, Common and Stevie Wonder.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Hannah Yasharoff