Chadwick Boseman’s brothers Kevin and Derrick Boseman revealed what the “Black Panther” star had told them in the final days of his battle with colon cancer. Chadwick died on August 29 following a four-year battle with the disease.

Kevin and Derrick Boseman spoke for the first time on Sunday since Chadwick’s passing. His death came as a shock for many, as he never publicly disclosed his disease when he was diagnosed in 2016. According to Derrick, however, Chadwick was “ready to go” when he ended his battle with cancer.

Derrick, who is a pastor based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, said his brother was ready for his fight to be over. The day before his death, Chadwick Boseman told him, “Man, I’m in the fourth quarter, and I need you to get me out of the game.”

Derrick said that was when he learned to accept Chadwick’s imminent passing. “When he told me that, I changed my prayer from, ‘God heal him, God save him,’ to ‘God, let your will be done,’” he said. “And the next day he passed away.”

For his part, Kevin said Chadwick was the most gifted person he had ever met. He also revealed that while many of his friends call him by his full name Chadwick Boseman, people closest to him knew him as Chad. “I have been trying to remember Chad and not Chadwick,” he said. “And there’s just been a lot of Chadwick in the air.”

Kevin said despite Chadwick’s fame, he never treated Chadwick as a celebrity. “You have to start sharing that person with the world; I always endeavored to just treat him like my brother,” he said.

Chadwick’s brothers also revealed how gifted the late actor was, saying he could “sit and draw anyone” from a very young age. Before he became an actor, Chadwick had sought to become a writer and director while studying at Howard University. However, being an actor was not an issue for him as he had always wanted to work in the arts.

Kevin also revealed that Chadwick Boseman did not force himself to become an A-list star when he joined Hollywood. “I just knew that if Chad wanted to work in the arts, he would find a way and take care of himself,” he said.

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Chadwick Boseman attends the European Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on February 8, 2018 in London, England. Getty/Gareth Cattermole

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