Chadwick Boseman died Friday night after a four-year battle with colon cancer — a fight he chose to face privately — leaving both fans and his Hollywood peers in shock at his sudden passing.
While he chose not to share his own illness with the world, the “Black Panther” star did what he could to support children enduring the same plight, visiting terminally ill fans at St. Jude’s Hospital in 2018, the organization shared via social media.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Chadwick Boseman,” wrote a rep for St. Jude on the facility’s Instagram page. “Two years ago, Chadwick visited the St. Jude campus and brought with him not only toys for our patients but also joy, courage and inspiration. He was an incredible role model for our patients and children from all around the world. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
It’s not every day that St. Jude gets a visit from an Avenger! Thank you @ChadwickBoseman for stopping by to bring joy to our patients and learn more about our lifesaving mission! ❤ 🎉 pic.twitter.com/7RwPO7qgPD
— St. Jude (@StJude) September 12, 2018
The same year, Boseman broke down in tears as he described his friendship with two young boys who eagerly awaited the release of “Black Panther,” only to lose their own fight with cancer before the film’s release.
Also in 2018, Boseman teamed up with Jimmy Fallon to surprise unknowing fans as they proclaimed their love of “Black Panther” shortly after the Marvel blockbuster’s release.
In the now-viral segment, Boseman often appeared emotional as he listened to the film’s impact on their lives before jumping out from behind a curtain with Fallon.
“Hey, that’s way too much praise!” he told a stunned mother as he embraced her.