Brother of Chadwick Boseman reveals own cancer battle, in remission

'Tomorrow is not promised and early detection saves lives.'

Kevin Boseman, brother of late actor Chadwick Boseman, shared on his Instagram story that Oct. 14 marks his two year anniversary being cancer free.

Boseman revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and underwent four rounds of chemotherapy. The actor/writer said he initially shared the diagnosis with only a select few people because of “boundaries.”

“I wanted to share because while it’s been a year of profound loss and tragedy for so many of us, this is good news. Something to smile about. Something to shout about,” Boseman said about being in remission.

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“I hope you’re smiling and shouting with me,” he added. “Cancer is something most of us have no control over. We can only control our responses to it, which includes being proactive about our healthcare both physically and mental.” 


Boseman also encouraged his followers to go get checked if something doesn’t feel right.

“Tomorrow is not promised and early detection saves lives,” he said, concluding with: “Health is wealth. True wealth.”

Boseman’s remission celebration comes less than two months after Chadwick died from colon cancer at age 43. 

“A lot of people think making it means becoming an A-list movie star,” Kevin told The New York Times early this month. “I didn’t force that. I just knew that if Chad wanted to work in the arts, he would find a way and take care of himself.”

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Chadwick was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016 and still went on to play the lead in one of the biggest films in history, Black Panther. He also portrayed James Brown in Get On Up, Jackie Robinson in 42, and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall.  

His last film appearance is in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom debuting on Netflix Dec. 18.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is set during an intense recording session 1920’s Chicago as Ma Rainey battles her manager and producer and an ambitious trumpeter, played by Boseman, over control of her music. The film also stars Viola Davis in the title role and is based on the August Wilson play. theGRIO previously reported, early buzz says Boseman gives a stellar performance and could be an Oscar contender for either the lead or supporting actor category.

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