In an interview with the New York Times, Derrick–a pastor from Murfreesboro, Tennessee–remembers Chadwick telling him, “Man, I’m in the fourth quarter, and I need you to get me out of the game.”
“When he told me that, I changed my prayer from, ‘God heal him, God save him,’ to ‘God, let your will be done,'” Pastor Boseman said. “And the next day he passed away.”
Chadwick was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer back in 2016, privately battling the disease while also carving out an absolutely incredible acting resume. Pastor Boseman goes on to recall their family prayer calls together where the actor would always say, “Hallelujah,” adding, “He never stopped saying it.”
In the same interview, Boseman’s other brother, Kevin, recalls the earlier days, when Chadwick exhibited an unnerving work ethic and spirit as he tried to make it in show business, despite his parents’ initial doubts.
“A lot of people think making it means becoming an A-list movie star,” Kevin said. “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.” He went on to say, “He always did his best. His best was incredible.”
So many fans and celebs have recently reflected on how Chadwick touched their lives including actress, Sienna Miller who starred alongside Boseman in 21 Bridges. She revealed in an interview with Empire that Boseman donated some of his own salary from the film in order to raise her pay. Michael B Jordan wrote a heartful message to the late actor back in September, saying that he wished he had “more time” to spend with his dear friend and Black Panther castmate.