Even as he privately battled colon cancer, Chadwick Boseman put on a brave face to bring smiles to children in similar fights.
In 2018, two years after the "Black Panther" star was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer, he paid a visit to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
"It's not every day that St. Jude gets a visit from an Avenger!" the hospital wrote at the time while sharing images of the actor with several children, all of whom basked in his presence. "Thank you @ChadwickBoseman for stopping by to bring joy to our patients and learn more about our lifesaving mission!"
On Aug. 28, Chadwick passed away at the age of 43 after his cancer progressed to stage IV.
"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Chadwick Boseman," the hospital wrote on Twitter on Aug. 29. "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. He was an incredible role model for our patients and children from all around the world. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."
In a follow-up tweet, St. Jude's posted two pictures of Chadwick with terminally ill children.
"Forever," the caption read.
In 2018, Chadwick spoke about "Black Panther" while referencing ill children. In an interview with Sway Calloway on SiriusXM, he broke down while speaking about friendships he made with two terminally ill children, both of whom were fighting to stay alive long enough to see "Black Panther."
"It's a humbling experience," he said. "Because, you're like, 'This can't mean that much to them.' But seeing how the world has taken this on, seeing how the movement, how it's taken on a life of its own — I realized that they anticipated something great."