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St. Jude’s in TN says Chadwick Boseman visited children fighting cancer in the midst of his own battle

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles.  Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.  (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Even while battling colon cancer, Chadwick Boseman worked hard to ensure children also battling cancer were inspired and always had a smile on their face.

Boseman, 43, visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee in 2018, the hospital said on Instagram Saturday.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Chadwick Boseman. Two years ago, Chadwick visited the St. Jude campus and brought with him not only toys for our patients but also joy, courage and inspiration,” the hospital said in a tweet.

The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, according to the announcement of his death posted on Twitter Friday.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the tweet read. “All were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”


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