CHADWICK Boseman broke down talking about helping kids with cancer while he was fighting his own secret battle, a clip has revealed.
The Black Panther actor died at the age of 43 after a four year battle with colon cancer.
In a clip from 2018, Boseman is seen breaking down and crying while talking about two children battling with cancer, who he had been in contact with.
Chadwick said that the two boys, Ian and Taylor, who were terminally ill, were excited about seeing the movie Black Panther come to life.
He said: “Their parents said, ‘They’re trying to hold on till this movie comes.’”
“To a certain degree, you hear them say that and you’re like, ‘Wow. I gotta get up and go to the gym. I gotta get up and go to work. I gotta learn these lines. I gotta work on this accent.”
“To a certain degree, it’s a humbling experience, because you’re like, ‘This can’t mean that much to them.’ You know?
“But seeing how the world has taken this on; seeing how the movement and how it’s taken on a life of its own, I realize that they anticipated something great.”
At the time of the interview, Boseman himself had been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer.
He continued: “I think back now to a kid, and just you know, waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come, waiting for a toy that I was going to get a chance to experience, or a video game.
“I did live life waiting for those moments. And so, it put me back in the mind of being a kid just to experience those two little boys anticipation of this movie.”
However, Boseman then had to pause, becoming emotional as he recalled the boys’ deaths.
Chadwick said: “And when I found out that they…”
He paused, fighting to keep his composure, before adding: “Yeah, it means a lot.”
He then rested his chin on his hand as tears swelled in his eyes.
Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday at his Los Angeles home with his wife, Taylor Simone, and other family members by his side.
His family confirmed the beloved movie star’s tragic passing on Twitter and revealed he had first been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016 – two years before the release of his Marvel blockbuster.
The disease escalated to stage 4 over the last four years, his family said.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.
“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wildson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” the statement said of the star’s private health struggle.
It continued: “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”