S.C. governor orders Statehouse flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of Chadwick Boseman


FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (NewsNation) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the flags atop the Statehouse to lower to half-staff on Sunday in honor of the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman.

McMaster announced the decision in a tweet on Saturday, saying, “To honor the life, contributions, and memory of a truly extraordinary son of South Carolina, Chadwick Boseman, I have ordered the flags atop the Statehouse to be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Sunday, August 30, 2020, from sunrise to sunset.”

In a follow-up tweet, McMaster said that the two flags will be removed at sunset and will be presented to Boseman’s family at the appropriate time.

Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer. He was 43.

Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.

NewsNation affiliate WBTW and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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