Bay Area athletes react to actor Chadwick Boseman's death

USA Today

Actor Chadwick Boseman, known for his role as T'Challa in "Black Panther" and his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in "42," died Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Boseman's death came on the day MLB was honoring Robinson. With the 2020 season delayed until July, the April 15 celebration of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier was pushed back to Aug. 28, the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.

In Friday night's episode of "Race in America: A Candid Conversation" on NBC Sports Bay Area, former Warriors and Kings guard Matt Barnes reacted to Boseman's death, as the news broke during the show.

Barnes said he met Boseman at the premiere of "42" in 2013 and noted that he's arguably one of the greatest Black actors.

News of Boseman's death hit the sports world hard, and several Bay Area athletes paid their respects to the "Black Panther" actor.

According to The Associated Press, Boseman died at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side.