Rest in power, King.
Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, died on August 28, after a battle with colon cancer. However, his memory will live on through each and every person he touched. From kids looking for a hero that looked just like themselves to cancer patients searching for hope, Boseman impacted so many lives both on- and off-screen.
To honor his life, children all over the world have been holding heartbreaking funerals, and their parents have captured the moment their little ones said goodbye to a true hero.
This father tweeted a photo of the funeral his kid, Kian, held with all of his action figures. The tweet has been retweeted over 64,000 times and liked over 548,000 times.
"Kian wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of his heart for all the loving and kind words given to him for this post," said Kian's father. "When he found out about Chadwick's passing, he was heartbroken. But he knows death is a part of being human and wanted to cope with losing his hero this way."
Kian isn't the only one holding action figure funerals. Young fans all over the world are paying tribute to their favorite hero.
Parents all over the world are struggling with telling their child the news of Boseman’s death. For many children, Black Panther or T’Challa was the first on-screen superhero they’ve ever seen that looked like them.
“Every time he sees Chadwick on TV or in a movie, he points and says ‘Challa,’” said one father. “My wife and I have not decided yet if we are going to tell him. He wants to be like T’Challa when he grows up, a Black king. I don’t know if I want to tell him his hero died. That might crush him. He’s still trying to get used to the pandemic and not seeing his friends anymore.”
Stephanie Sneed of Washington, D.C., told her 9-year-old son about Boseman’s passing. After he found out, he screamed out in sadness.
“It was such a cultural moment for him to see himself in that film,” Sneed said. “He keeps asking why good people like Chadwick die, but bad people still live.”
Boseman was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in 2016. Since then, he continued to film movies such as Black Panther and visited children who were diagnosed with similar cancers. He passed away on August 28, surrounded by his wife and family.
Are you struggling with telling your kids what happened? Let us know how you and your family have coped, in the comments.