Black Panther cast lead tributes to Chadwick Boseman who has passed away aged 43
29 August 2020, 09:43 | Updated: 29 August 2020, 09:52
Chadwick's Black Panther cast mates, Sterling K Brown, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker, have posted tributes on social media, along with many of Chadwick's Hollywood peers.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it for the last four years while still shooting some of the most popular roles of his career. His diagnosis was not known to the general public.
In a statement from his family, was shared to social media confirming the news, they said:
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.
"From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more — all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther."
Chadwick was best known for his role in Black Panther as T’Challa, the ruler of Wakanda, a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on earth.
The film has made nearly $1.4 billion at the box office worldwide. It was the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture at the Oscars and become a cultural milestone because of its mostly black cast and black director, Ryan Coogler.
His Black Panther cast mates Angela Bassett, Sterling K Brown and Forest Whitaker, have posted tributes on social media, along with many of Chadwick's Hollywood peers.
I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed. 🤜🏿🤛🏿 https://t.co/8rK4dWmorq— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) August 29, 2020
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“It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day. And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever! We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs, preparing for the day together as mother and son. I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother...”thou aren’t not dead but flown afar...”. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.” #WakandaForever
Your light brightened our days. It will continue to brighten our hearts and minds. Let the heavens be blessed as you illuminate the sky. Sending my love and prayers to the family. May god continue to hold you in his everlasting embrace. RIP Chadwick pic.twitter.com/wIUaooHLqq— Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) August 29, 2020
This is a crushing blow.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) August 29, 2020
I’m so shocked and sad.. RIP Chadwick 💔💔💔 I’m sending my condolences to all the family.. pic.twitter.com/k7mrxeq8Fh— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) August 29, 2020
It was the highest honor getting to work with you and getting to know you. What a generous and sincere human being. You believed in the sacred nature of the work and gave your all. Much love to your family. And much love from all of us left here.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
What a gentle gifted SOUL. Showing us all that Greatness in between surgeries and chemo. The courage, the strength, the Power it takes to do that. This is what Dignity looks like. https://t.co/U3OOnJVS42— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 29, 2020
May you have a beautiful return, King. We will miss you so. pic.twitter.com/jdip3RHoXb— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 29, 2020
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020