The sudden and tragic news of Chadwick Bosemen passing away at the age of 43 has sent shockwaves throughout the YouTuber community. A statement released by the family of Boseman states that the actor had been battling colon cancer after being diagnosed in 2016.
Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin dedicate their regularly scheduled YouTube show Fatman Beyond to talk about Boseman's incredible legacy of films that included portrayals of Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown. It is his portrayal of Black Panther that most of the masses will remember him by but Smith and Bernardin recognize all the contributions to film Bosemen had made in such a short time since 42, his breakout role in 2013.
(Boseman) packed a lot of living into a short span of time at least as far as the business … he's in movies that people won't forget forever. He's in the biggest movie of all time (Avengers: Endgame).
YouTuber Jon Knight from channel Knight TFC was in the middle of a live stream trivia game with other YouTubers when the news hit. Already wearing a Black Panther claw necklace, he jumps onto another live stream paying tribute to what Boseman and Black Panther mean to him.
That movie (Black Panther) was my biggest inspiration and motivator and it meant so much to me as a black man just to see that representation on the screen. For somebody to be our voice and to be our representation … it's not even a film to me, it's so much more than that.
YouTuber Brandon Avery from channel Just My Opinion Reviews also did an impromptu livestream to express his dismay at the news. Like many, he's also in shock of the suddenness and the fact that nothing of Boseman's health was known to the public.
People's medical records are personal, but I just wish that we would have known man, so we could have been there for him spiritually or some way.
YouTuber Robert Storms mentions how Boseman's role as Black Panther and the impact the movie had was a catalyst for Storms' reaching out to other YouTubers for dialog around the movie that lead to the success of his channel.
(Black Panther) changed my channel in so many different ways from being a goof that would rant about stupid shit by myself … to me reaching out to Danny, then to you Lonzo, … and two or three years ago it would have never happened if it wasn't for Black Panther.
More tributes are expected to pour in this weekend. We will cover other channels as they discuss and honor the life and career of Chadwick Boseman.