ABC to air ‘Black Panther’ and tribute special
Chadwick Boseman will be honored Sunday night with an ABC airing of “Black Panther,” followed by a special celebrating his life, the network and Marvel Studios have announced.
The 2018 Marvel film, the first superhero movie to be nominated for a best picture Oscar, will air without commercials beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. “Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King” will follow at 10:20 p.m.
Boseman, who made a global impact bringing “Black Panther” to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with playing Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown on the big screen, died Friday of colon cancer. He was 43.
“The ABC News special will celebrate Boseman’s storied life, legacy and career, and the cultural imprint he made on- and off-screen,” a news release read. “It will feature tributes that have poured in from celebrities, political figures and fans across the world, special words from those who starred alongside him and knew Boseman best, and shine a light on the medical condition he privately battled.”
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Boseman’s publicist Nicki Fioravante confirmed the news Friday night to USA TODAY. The star died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, Fioravante told The Associated Press.
The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement, which was posted on Boseman’s social media accounts Friday.
“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 family wrote.
The announcement on Boseman’s Twitter account became the social media platform’s most liked tweet ever on Saturday, Twitter confirmed. As of Sunday morning, the post has more than 6.8 million likes and 3 million retweets.
Former President Barack Obama previously held the most-liked record, with his 2017 tweet quoting Nelson Mandela in response to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Three years later, that tweet has 4.3 million likes and 1.6 million retweets.
Contributing: Andrea Mandell, Brian Truitt and Bryan Alexander
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