Chadwick Boseman’s Mother Reportedly Inspired Him To Keep His Cancer Private

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Rest in peace, Chadwick Boseman.

The untimely passing shocked and saddened many across the world. It was reported that Boseman was silently battling stage four colon cancer for the past four years.

According to his agent, Michael Greene, says his mothered played a big part in the reason he kept his illness in secrecy. “[She] always taught him not to have people fuss over him,” Greene told The Hollywood Reporter. “He also felt in this business that people trip out about things, and he was a very, very private person.”

Chadwick’s trainer, Addison Henderson speaks on his passing as well. “I used to tell Chad, ‘Man, you remind me of my dad,’” Henderson’s father beat cancer four times. “‘You guys are fighters, and you never stop moving forward.’ For us, it was just like, ‘Let’s keep going, let’s keep doing what you want to do, let’s keep training.’ And then, me and Logan and his family, his wife [Taylor Simone Ledward], we were always just here to support him.”

“Some people wait a lifetime to get the opportunity that he had,” adds Henderson, “and Chad had so much wisdom, so much knowledge, so much inside of him that he wasn’t going to let this disease stop him from telling these amazing stories and showing his art in the prime of his life.”