Hollywood Pays Tribute to Chadwick Boseman, Star of Black Panther, Who Died at 43

Emily Tannenbaum
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Chadwick Boseman, star of Marvel's Black Panther, Da 5 Bloods, and more, has died of colon cancer at 43 years old. His team shared the tragic announcement on August 28. 

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” they wrote in an Instagram post. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. 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,” the post concluded. “He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

From Marvel costars to politicians like Kamala Harris, mournful tributes poured in all over social media on Friday evening (August 28) and Saturday morning (August 29). “Heartbroken,” Harris tweeted last night. “My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family.”

“I'm absolutely devastated,” Avengers costar Chris Evans shared on Twitter. “This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I'm endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King.”

See more tributes, below. 

“Chadwick, you were even more of a hero off screen than on,” Tom Holland shared on Instagram. "A role model not only to me on set, but to millions of others around the world. You brought joy and happiness to so many and I'm proud to have been able to call you a friend. RIP Chadwick."

“A warrior of light til the very end,” Kerry Washington tweeted. "A true king. I am without worlds. May he rise in power."

Black Panther director and cowriter Ryan Coogler shared a lengthy statement on the actor's passing. He wrote in part: 

Chad deeply valued his privacy, and I wasn’t privy to the details of his illness. After his family released their statement, I realized that he was living with his illness the entire time I knew him. Because he was a caretaker, a leader, and a man of faith, dignity and pride, he shielded his collaborators from his suffering. He lived a beautiful life. And he made great art. Day after day, year after year. That was who he was. He was an epic firework display. I will tell stories about being there for some of the brilliant sparks till the end of my days. What an incredible mark he’s left for us.

I haven’t grieved a loss this acute before. I spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say, that we weren’t destined to see. It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take…I know that he will watch over us, until we meet again.

His Black Panther costar Letitia Wright recorded this spoken-word-poetry eulogy: 

Michael B. Jordan wrote this tribute:

You may need a few tissues to get through Lupita Nyong'o's beautiful tribute to Boseman. “I am struggling to think and speak about my friend Chadwick Boseman in the past tense,” she wrote. “The news of his passing is a punch in my gut every morning."

Rest in peace, King. 

Originally Appeared on Glamour