ABC is owned by Disney. He was a good guy that died young. People love him. His movie has a huge cultural impact and he played a big role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’ll probably spread some message about getting checked for colon cancer. It’s good press for Disney. Chadwick’s story is one of dedication to his craft, even through hardship. All that combined makes his situation special. And he is part of the Disney family through Marvel. Other networks have done segments to honor their people who fought cancer as well. I think it’s a win-win across the board. He deserves it.
Now put all three together. How often do famous young actors die from cancer? And the decision to show this was obviously a no brainer from the ABC execs: He’s a very well-liked guy, Black Panther was one of the highest-grossing films of all time, ABC is owned by Disney, and it’s a nice tribute. And most importantly to the execs, a load of people will watch it. What do you mean, why? Because people liked him and will watch it. Actually, there are a lot of documentaries about regular people who struggle with cancer as well. Your comment makes no sense whatsoever.