Chadwick Boseman’s Agent Explains Why Late Actor Kept His Cancer Battle a Secret

Chadwick Boseman’s longtime agent is providing insight into the late actor’s battle with colon cancer.

In a story for The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday, Michael Greene of Greene & Associates Talent Agency said Boseman kept his illness under wraps in part because of his mother Carolyn.

“[She] always taught him not to have people fuss over him,” Greene told the publication. “He also felt in this business that people trip out about things, and he was a very, very private person.”

Though he was diagnosed with the cancer in 2016, Boseman appeared in acclaimed films such as “Black Panther” and “Da 5 Bloods” while simultaneously undergoing treatment.

Despite his determination to fulfill the obligations of his roles, Boseman would sometimes struggle quietly on set.

While filming the upcoming Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which will be Boseman’s final film role, Greene says “he was really in hard-core pain” but “felt that being able to be with [co-star] Denzel [Washington] and to launch this cycle of [playwright] August Wilson at Netflix was so exciting to him.”

Trainer and friend Addison Henderson — who was one of the few to know about Boseman’s cancer — also told the outlet that Chadwick always gave it his all when it came to his artistic pursuits.

“He was just living his artistic life to the fullest and using his time and his moment to really affect people,” Henderson said.

On Thursday, TMZ reported that Boseman’s hometown of Anderson, South Carolina, is working on a permanent public tribute to honor the late actor.

A spokesperson for Mayor Terence Roberts’ office told the website that the city has already contacted an artist and they are brainstorming ways to properly pay respect to Boseman.

Though the project is still in its initial planning stages, the monument will include a sculpture, a mural, and/or other art elements.

Per a statement posted to Boseman’s official Twitter page, Chadwick passed away on August 28 surrounded by family, including his wife Taylor Simone Ledward. May he rest in peace.


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