Just two nights after the world learned of the passing of Chadwick Boseman, the MTV VMAs 2020 kicked off the night with a touching tribute to the Black Panther star by host Keke Palmer. “Before we get into the music tonight, we need to take the time to get into the devastating loss of Chadwick Boseman,” Palmer said in a pre-recorded video right at the top of the awards show. “An actor who's talent and passion is a true inspiration to all the fans he touched and everyone he encountered.
The actor—known for iconic roles like King T'Challa, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown—died on August 28 after a years-long battle with colon cancer. "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman," his team wrote in an Instagram post. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the post concluded. “He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.