Black Panther director Ryan Coogler wrote a heartfelt letter last week to the stalwart star of his movie Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed T’Challa in the film, after his sad death.
Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43 of colon cancer on August 28. The interesting thing is that no one knows anything about his illness.
His struggle with his illness was kept top secret. Even his closest, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and Da 5 Bloods director Spike Lee said they knew nothing about his health problems.
Chadwick hid his illness from the people around him and continued to help his close friends and loved ones despite his condition. One of them was Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.
While the 34-year-old director describes the pain of not being able to spend time with the late actor again, he mentioned in his letter that Boseman’s insane effort for his family during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s what Ryan Coogler stated:
“Chad deeply valued his privacy, and I wasn’t privy to the details of his illness. After his family released their statement, I realized that he was living with his illness the entire time I knew him. Because he was a caretaker, a leader, and a man of faith, dignity, and pride, he shielded his collaborators from his suffering. He lived a beautiful life. And he made great art. Day after day, year after year. That was who he was. He was an epic firework display. I will tell stories about being there for some of the brilliant sparks till the end of my days. What an incredible mark he’s left for us.”
“I haven’t grieved a loss this acute before. I spent the last year preparing, imagining, and writing words for him to say that we weren’t destined to see. It leaves me broken, knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take.”
He also added:
“It hurts more to know that we can’t have another conversation, or facetime, or text message exchange. He would send vegetarian recipes and eating regimens for my family and me to follow during the pandemic. He would check in on me and my loved ones, even as he dealt with the scourge of cancer.”
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