Tribute: Chadwick Boseman (1976-2020)

One month ago, we received the news that Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, 42 (the Jackie Robinson biopic), Get On Up, and others, had passed away due to a four-year battle with colon cancer. The 43-year-old actor had been diagnosed in 2016, and lived through extensive cancer treatment while filming physical roles such as T’Challa. The South Carolina native had kept his cancer diagnosis a secret, and only select family members, friends, etc. were aware. His co-stars, as well as directors, screenwriters, and others who worked with him, have left tributes to him.  Here is just a selection of the tributes:

Sope Aluko (Actor, Black Panther):
RIH my African Brother, my King @chadwickboseman #WakandaForever

I remember watching this prophetic speech and crying with joy. Now crying in grief… RIP my King @chadwickboseman

Hayley Atwell (Actor, Avengers: Endgame):
Chadwick Boseman. extraordinary human being. My heart broke today.

Dan Aykroyd (Actor, Get On Up):
Gutted about Chad Boseman. He generously opened his soul to us with his beautiful eyes, smile and talent. So good, so kind. To lose this masterful actor who so expertly portrayed James Brown, Jackie Robinson and the Black Panther now?! What?! The universe is telling us something.

Bambadjan Bamba (Actor, Black Panther):
Que la terre te soit légère #ripchadwickboseman

Thank you. Rest is paradise King #blackpanther #WakandaForever

Angela Bassett (Actor, Black Panther & Avengers: Endgame):
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

Dave Bautista (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
#WakandaForever

Hannah Beachler (Production Designer, Black Panther):
I’d see Chad everyday, he’d go out of his way to ask me, w/ a smile “what magical place did you make for me today?” He was always uplifting us, he was our king for that year. When I’d see him at events he’d ask, “They taken care of you Sis?” He’d tell me to make sure to get what I was worth. He always looked out for us, always saw us.

I’m praying for his family, and hope they find solace in knowing he’s in the land of peace, he’s home now.
Rest In Peace young King, your light will forever shine on us!

Nicole Beharie (Actor, The Express & 42):
Rest In Peace.
LIGHT BEARER. GRIOT. VESSEL. A GIFT. A GIANT. Master. CHADWICK BOSEMAN. He gave us so much. Embodying a hero from each generation and for generations to come. Legacy. Embodying love, forethought, discipline (like I’d never seen)…Generosity.
Chad wanted us to see our brilliance…our potential. He brought such beauty here, blessing us while he battled, never letting on to his struggle. Giving us only his light and inspiration. Sharing only light and inspiration…🙏🏽
humility, charisma and SKILL. This Man changed the Culture. Global impact. ***He had these magnificent expressive hands and this cheeky smile. A dancer. A singer. Writer. Pure expression. Limitless. Moving with sincere reverence for the DIVINE. For life. For the present. We’re Still learning from YOU🙏🏽 honored to have witnessed and worked with YOU. Ahead of the times. We lost a LIGHT. An Ancestor too soon. This hurts. No post , no words can honor him rightly. My Deepest condolences to his friends and family, I can not imagine…🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

*Chad and I were in The Express (my first job) and 42(Jackie Robinson Biopic) together. I keep seeing this image…We’d shoot in these stadiums(filled w extras) and between set ups in the middle of the empty field stood this black man from South Carolina doing khemetic yoga moving energy with the number 42 ( MAAT) on his back bathed in sunlight…BRIGHT. Messenger. **** it feels like he was showing us…Through heroes and being one himself, how to Dig fearlessly into purpose. Despite the hardship or pain. start now. Please Lift up his family ya’ll.🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽life.

Paul Bettany (Actor, Captain America: Civil WarAvengers: Infinity War):
Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, gentle and princely, and the world is a poorer place without him. My love, thoughts and condolences to his family.

Joe Biden (Democratic Presidential Candidate)
The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen,” Biden tweeted. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.

Aloe Blacc (Actor/Singer, Get On Up):
Your brilliance will continue to shine long into the future. Rest easy my friend.
Chadwick Boseman was a force to be reckoned with. His tremendous talent was awe inspiring. I had great admiration for his work ethic and devotion to craft.

When I was lucky enough to work with Chadwick on the James Brown biopic, GET ON UP, I could see right away that he was special. Few actors like him touch the world in an historic way. We are all blessed to have been able to witness his greatness. He will be dearly missed

Lucas Black (Actor, 42):
Proud to work with Chad and share the screen with him. I learned from his hard work ethic that was filled with passionate energy. I’m praying for him and his family. May God comfort his family and friends. @chadwickboseman you’re a fighter. #RIPChadBoseman #42movie

Josh Brolin (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
I am absolutely floored. Such an amazing, beautiful person. 🖤 RIP Brother.
Nothing but love, my friend. ✊️❤️

Sterling K. Brown (Actor, Marshall, Black Panther):
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.

🙅🏿‍♂️#wakandaforever Take care, brother. Your time was short. Your light was exceptionally bright. Thank you for shining for all of us. ✌🏿🕉

W. Earl Brown (Actor, Draft Day):
I was lucky enough to spend a small bit of time with the man, but I came away changed. I came away seeing, as I said earlier, how to not let one’s Ego trump one’s Soul. I feel a void — but I am just one of millions.
…but to see his portrayal of T’Challa leave such mark upon the world, I know Chad, himself, now stands alongside Jackie as a person whose life MATTERED. He had immense gratitude for the gifts he’d been given and he was determined to pay it forward; he mattered.

Yvette Nicole Brown (Actor, Avengers: Endgame):
I hate this year.
I hate this year.
I hate this year.
I hate this year.#RIPChadwickBoseman 💔

I posted a cropped pic in my stories celebrating all my beloved brothers, but here’s the full pic of the family with the king @chadwickboseman.
I’ve always been a picture taker. I just talked to @comiclonilove about this…she broke the news to me about Chadwick. She and I talked about why we take pictures at events. It’s to mark the moment in time. To celebrate with the family. To capture the beauty and miracle of all of us working in an industry which is not set up for us to shine or succeed. I bug everybody and gather us into groups at every event I attend. I call it #TheBlackness photo. It’s our class photo. ❤️ I’ve posted many thru the years.
Capturing this one is everything to me now. Simply everything.
If you love someone, tell them. If it’s on your heart to call someone, do it. Get over your shit. Make your amends. And fight for every moment you can have with your friends and family on this side of it all. Tomorrow is not promised. Please, do it today.
I love y’all. Even thru today’s 💔 it was important for me to tell you all that. ❤️
Knowing what @chadwickboseman was going thru makes the look on @michaelbjordan’s face hit differently now. 💔 But what a word Chadwick had for us then and now. #RespectKing #RestWell

Daniel Bruhl (Actor, Captain America: Civil War):
Shocked and heartbroken, my thoughts are with your family @chadwickboseman Rest in Peace Giant.

Sophia Bush (Actor, Marshall):
We lost a giant. I honestly haven’t known what to say, or what I could possibly contribute in the wake of this chasm opening … this valley of hurt & sadness. This robbery. Robbery of a spirit, a leader, a truth-teller.

What I do know is that the impression that #ChadwickBoseman left on me reverberated so deeply that when I heard the news on Friday night, I wept for what felt like hours. And I was only lucky enough to have worked alongside him once. I am gutted for the world. For the stories we will never see him tell. For the loss of a man who embodied such grace. Such immense intellect. Such sacred spirit. Such consideration. Humility and curiosity. The list goes on.

I am crushed for his wife. For his closest friends. For the scores of kids who saw themselves in his face — his eyes that sparkled when he looked at them — and for the world who finally saw a hero that looked like the face they see in the mirror every day. I am rocked by this loss, and I know that this ocean of sadness is but proximal. I am utterly and truly gutted for the people whose pain must feel like the entire cosmos. Chad was one in a billion. I’m so grateful to @reggiehudlin, that I got to laugh with Chad and witness him. I saw his fire for justice, and for his community. It burned like the stars.

@mspackyetti said it more beautifully than I can … “I can’t imagine how tired he must have been. And he gave us his gift anyway … Think of all the stories he helped tell. All the people he helped find hope. All the Black children for whom he could be a powerful reflection. All with his own terminal illness. I am astonished by the weight of that sacrifice. He certainly did not have to, and he still would be just as worthy of our love and gratitude. What generosity, discipline and love to be forced to look out at the end of your life and decide, ‘I’m going to live my legacy now.’ He chose to tell Black stories with the time he had left. What a stunning gift. What a stunning life. ‘Here we are thinking he was just playing a superhero, and he actually was one.’ – @mjay615

Wakanda Forever. Chadwick forever. Rest in power. Rest In Peace. We loved you. We love you.

Don Cheadle (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame)
i will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god …forever and ever …

Connie Chiume (Actor, Black Panther):
No!!! I can’t believe this! Such a humble, talented soul. Death be not proud! I am in disbelief #WakandaForever

Sean “Diddy” Combs (Actor, Draft Day):
My brotha I’m truly gonna miss you! You brought all of our hero’s to life. We thank you! Rest In Peace Chadwick Boseman #ripchadwickboseman

Ryan Coogler (Director, Black Panther):
I inherited Marvel and the Russo Brothers’ casting choice of T’Challa. It is something that I will forever be grateful for. The first time I saw Chad’s performance as T’Challa, it was in an unfinished cut of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. I was deciding whether or not directing BLACK PANTHER was the right choice for me. I’ll never forget, sitting in an editorial suite on the Disney Lot and watching his scenes. His first with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, then, with the South African cinema titan, John Kani as T’Challa’s father, King T’Chaka. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to make this movie. After Scarlett’s character leaves them, Chad and John began conversing in a language I had never heard before. It sounded familiar, full of the same clicks and smacks that young black children would make in the States. The same clicks that we would often be chided for being disrespectful or improper. But, it had a musicality to it that felt ancient, powerful, and African.

In my meeting after watching the film, I asked Nate Moore, one of the producers of the film, about the language. “Did you guys make it up?” Nate replied, “that’s Xhosa, John Kani’s native language. He and Chad decided to do the scene like that on set, and we rolled with it.” I thought to myself. “He just learned lines in another language, that day?” I couldn’t conceive how difficult that must have been, and even though I hadn’t met Chad, I was already in awe of his capacity as actor.

I learned later that there was much conversation over how T’Challa would sound in the film. The decision to have Xhosa be the official language of Wakanda was solidified by Chad, a native of South Carolina, because he was able to learn his lines in Xhosa, there on the spot. He also advocated for his character to speak with an African accent, so that he could present T’Challa to audiences as an African king, whose dialect had not been conquered by the West.

I finally met Chad in person in early 2016, once I signed onto the film. He snuck past journalists that were congregated for a press junket I was doing for CREED, and met with me in the green room. We talked about our lives, my time playing football in college, and his time at Howard studying to be a director, about our collective vision for T’Challa and Wakanda. We spoke about the irony of how his former Howard classmate Ta-Nehisi Coates was writing T’Challa’s current arc with Marvel Comics. And how Chad knew Howard student Prince Jones, who’s murder by a police officer inspired Coates’ memoir Between The World and Me.

I noticed then that Chad was an anomaly. He was calm. Assured. Constantly studying. But also kind, comforting, had the warmest laugh in the world, and eyes that seen much beyond his years, but could still sparkle like a child seeing something for the first time.

That was the first of many conversations. He was a special person. We would often speak about heritage and what it means to be African. When preparing for the film, he would ponder every decision, every choice, not just for how it would reflect on himself, but how those choices could reverberate. “They not ready for this, what we are doing…” “This is Star Wars, this is Lord of the Rings, but for us… and bigger!” He would say this to me while we were struggling to finish a dramatic scene, stretching into double overtime. Or while he was covered in body paint, doing his own stunts. Or crashing into frigid water, and foam landing pads. I would nod and smile, but I didn’t believe him. I had no idea if the film would work. I wasn’t sure I knew what I was doing. But I look back and realize that Chad knew something we all didn’t. He was playing the long game.  All while putting in the work. And work he did.

He would come to auditions for supporting roles, which is not common for lead actors in big budget movies. He was there for several M’Baku auditions. In Winston Duke’s, he turned a chemistry read into a wrestling match. Winston broke his bracelet. In Letitia Wright’s audition for Shuri, she pierced his royal poise with her signature humor, and would bring about a smile to T’Challa’s face that was 100% Chad.

While filming the movie, we would meet at the office or at my rental home in Atlanta, to discuss lines and different ways to add depth to each scene. We talked costumes, military practices. He said to me “Wakandans have to dance during the coronations. If they just stand there with spears, what separates them from Romans?” In early drafts of the script, Eric Killmonger’s character would ask T’Challa to be buried in Wakanda. Chad challenged that and asked, what if Killmonger asked to be buried somewhere else?

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.

It hurts more to know that we can’t have another conversation, or facetime, or text message exchange. He would send vegetarian recipes and eating regimens for my family and me to follow during the pandemic.  He would check in on me and my loved ones, even as he dealt with the scourge of cancer.

In African cultures we often refer to loved ones that have passed on as ancestors. Sometimes you are genetically related. Sometimes you are not. I had the privilege of directing scenes of Chad’s character, T’Challa, communicating with the ancestors of Wakanda. We were in Atlanta, in an abandoned warehouse, with bluescreens, and massive movie lights, but Chad’s performance made it feel real. I think it was because from the time that I met him, the ancestors spoke through him. It’s no secret to me now how he was able to skillfully portray some of our most notable ones. I had no doubt that he would live on and continue to bless us with more. But it is with a heavy heart and a sense of deep gratitude to have ever been in his presence, that I have to reckon with the fact that Chad is an ancestor now. And I know that he will watch over us, until we meet again.

Kevin Costner (Actor, Draft Day):
Heartbroken to hear of @chadwickboseman’s passing. He was such a light to everyone around him and to the world. He leaves an incredible legacy.

Viola Davis: (Actor, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Get On Up)
Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity……..It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you….Rest well prince…May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you.

A photo a friend sent from backstage at the 2016 NAACP Awards. Touched my broken heart to see this today. That smile…that lifeforce….

“The importance of our young people getting out to Vote.” Thank you Chadwick for using your voice to encourage people to get out and vote! I would like to echo this great brother on how important for us (black and brown) people to get out to vote because our lives are on the line. Please vote and do it early to prevent republicans from suppressing our voices. If you need more info go to @whenweallvote

“The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”~Chadwick Boseman

The power of legacy is that you become immortal. Thinking about you today Chadwick and all you left. You did soooo good!!👊🏿👊🏿💛💛

Andra Day (Singer/Actor, Marshall):
Been up crying and celebrating this life. Sending up prayers of comfort, Peace, and Joy for his family. One of the most genuine people I’ve ever met who loved God, gave love to all people, and uplifted his people. U embodied all facets of the phrase “representation matters.” It was apparent that you knew who you were, Who’s you were, and why you were here. I was inspired not just by how kind u were to me during my brief time on set, but how kind and engaging u were with everyone. You were truly a king because you treated others with the humble heart of a servant. A potent vessel, walking in purpose and full of His Light, thank You for shining on all of us. You are shining even brighter now. You are deeply missed on this side because there are so few made like you. No one seems to be questioning why this one hurts so much, my guess is because we all know and feel it when that much Light leaves the world at one time, but you burned so brightly it lit a flame in all of us. That’s real power. I keep hearing how your life was tragically cut short, but I believe your story is more victorious than that. You ran your race, finished, and finished well. May we all be so blessed. 

Louis D’Esposito (Producer, Marvel ): 
We are crushed. Marvel has lost a true superhero and friend, but our hearts are heaviest for Chadwick’s family. Chadwick was a singular force whose King T’Challa showed the world the power of good and the meaning of loyalty and friendship. Wakanda forever, my friend. 

Colman Domingo (Actor, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom):
My friend Chad is on the far left. We created something beautiful together. His last film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The film wrestles with God. We wrestled with August Wilson’s text. We wrestled with music. We wrestled with faith. We shared such a loving brotherhood since the first time we did a reading together many moons ago at New York Stage and Film. Each time I always thought, he was such a shy, cool, kinda strange intellectual brother. Knowing him on the journey of Ma was a true gift. I will miss him and honor his incredible legacy that he built in 43 years. Goodnight friend.

You never know what someone is carrying. Even when you share such intimate creative space with them for months. Rehearsing, learning music, laughing, eating, conversations about God. Listen, look deeper, go deeper. Woke with that on my mind. One thing I know, is that there was a force working around, through, inside, outside, above and beyond everyone on the set of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Now I know why. Now I know. @netflixfilm will shine his light for many years to come. I can’t wait to share this work of love in honor of Chad. He lived a purpose-filled life.

Barrett Dos (Actor, Marshall):
He was there when we needed a hero.

Robert Downey, Jr. (Actor, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
Mr. Boseman leveled the playing field while fighting for his life… That’s heroism. I’ll remember the good times, the laughter, and the way he changed the game… #chadwickforever

Winston Duke (Actor: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
My brother… my hero … my Blackpanther…

How do I start to honor a man who I saw as a giant in many ways; with whom I thought I had so much more time…I am absolutely devastated by the loss of my friend and hero, Chadwick Boseman… 

I feel sick … I’m in pain and I can’t belive he’s gone. Chadwick was a lightning rod for me… he gave me direction… when I saw “42”, I said, I could be like THIS guy. I knew I belonged because I could see myself in you… that’s what heroes do… they seem familiar because they make it possible for us to see our potential best selves demonstrated through them… Through seeing Chad’s work, I was able to say, “I could be just like you one day“ and when I saw you in person for the first time… at my audition for Black Panther, you acknowledged me and my dream by saying, “he’s ready”! Man, your words that day made me feel like my dream was finally real!

Chadwick then proceeded to show us collectively everyday on set what it was to be a leading man. Not only through his work but by how he welcomed and created a space for all of us to feel safe, open and bold … You even worked with me 1 on 1, on our scenes, so that we could get it right, well before the day of the filming ….Chadwick, Thank you! Chadwick, you are the best…you are me and I’m you and we are all one! Thanks for being someone I could look up to on and off screen … your calm confidence was inspiring and exemplary. Thanks for sharing with me… you go ahead …you did your job and did it well! You will NEVER be forgotten. Your heroism is now legend. We’ll carry the load and honor your legacy, the rest of the way! Bless King! #chadwickboseman #wakandaforever

Idris Elba (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War):
Rest in peace Brother Chadwick. I’m saddened by this loss. Chadwick was a very thoughtful, hardworking man. Prideful and strong. He will me missed by the filmmaking community and fans of his solid work. 

My thoughts reach out to his family right now.

Aunjanue Ellis (Actor, Get On Up):
Words fail. They fail. They are overdone and say too little in these moments but I will try. I am bereft and undone over the loss of @chadwickboseman. He was an extraordinary talent and a irreplaceable icon. I am thankful to have worked with him.

I am also thankful for the role he played to all the little black boys/girls who finally saw a hero that looked like them. Rest well champion, you suffered in silence as so many warriors do.

Chris Evans (Actor, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
I’m absolutely devastated. 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

Nick Eversman (Actor, Get On Up): 
Rest well king. #chadwickboseman 

Luke Evans (Actor, Message From a King):
Just read the painfully sad news about Chadwick. We shot a movie together before he became the legendary BP. He was quietly dignified but an immensely driven and talented human being. You gave hope to so many, I am sure you and so much more to give. RIP 

Arian Foster (Actor, Draft Day):
He was a huge part in a pivotal moment for a culture shift. he helped breathe life into many dreams and visions of self love for us and our young ones. happy to have crossed paths with him. Rip, brotha.

Emma Fuhrmann (Actor, Avengers: Endgame):
The world lost a special soul today. Rest in peace king 

Josh Gad (Actor, Marshall):
Thanks for sharing this. We shared so many laughs like this. It’s both heartbreaking and bittersweet to relieve these great moments.

Breaking my twitter silence to share some beauty. This was one of my final texts from the brilliant & once-in-lifetime talent, @chadwickboseman – take this in & celebrate life. He knew how precious every moment was. Tonight the Heavens received one of its most powerful angels.

Jennifer Garner (Actor, Draft Day):
Loss after loss in 2020, but this one is specifically painful. An artist, a scholar, a gentleman. May your memory be a blessing, Chadwick.

Frank Grillo (Actor, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame):
Rest In Peace brother. A wonderful human being taken too soon. Thank you for the legacy you leave behind. #chadwickboseman #king 😢

My brother @chrishuvane who has been our most loyal friend and manager, sent me this photo w #chadwickboseman years ago. Every time i ran into him he was such beacon of light. He carried a great responsibility on his shoulders taking on some of the most important roles, of the most iconic black men in history. Then he became a #King , and did it w grace , elegance and power. We’ve been cheated out of what would have been decades more of wonderful , beautiful performances. I’m heartbroken for his family and friends and everyone he touched in his all too short life. #gonebutneverforgotten #restinpower 🙏

James Gunn (Director, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1-2):
I’ve had a hard time wrapping my head around this since last night. Not only that Chadwick died from colon cancer, but that he had it the entire time I knew him, & did the amazing work & lived the life he did during that time.

I didn’t know him well but he was always a good guy to me. I pray that his family find peace in this time of grief.

And I‘ve been looking over @chadwickboseman’s Twitter feed this morning learning about the charities & causes he cared about, even in the late stages of cancer, so that I can help forward those causes. 

Hill Harper (Actor, CSI: NY):
“Long live the king, you a king, you know it… King already, already, you know it… Top everything, everything, you know it

King already, already, you know it

Mind, body, soul, got a king body ”

Still deeply hurting…On March 25th of this year I did a “Code Break” program with @codeorg as an intro to learning coding for young people stuck at home. Pierce decided to jump into the program as “#BlackPanther”. I got my last text from Chadwick about two weeks after that on April 7th. I wish I had known, I would’ve reached out since then…We never ever can know what someone is going through. Chadwick’s impact as a hero that looks like my son and my son can look to will last for many many years. Pierce saw his picture on tv yesterday and asked, “Daddy, is that the real Black Panther? When can I meet him?”…Tearing up, I simply said, “You meet the real Black Panther, everytime you look in the mirror.” Thank you brother. You’ve given a legacy to future kings! 🙏🏾🙏🏾 @chadwickboseman 

Man. King. One of the most kind, deep thinking and genuine Brothers in our world. So talented and humble. He was always so cool and real whenever we would have the chance to chop it up. This is truly a loss. He was so dedicated to portraying the best of us as Black men. And in real life he was the best of us. His impact and legacy will live on for years and years. A five foot picture of him in character hangs on my son’s walls. As a cancer survivor myself, I must say, Cancer has taken far too many including my father and my uncle. Let’s honor Chadwick’s legacy and work for a cure. May you rest in glorious peace King!! Love you Brother. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🖤🖤 #rip #king #fuckcancer #chadwickboseman #heartbroken

Kamala Harris (Democratic VP Candidate)
Heartbroken. 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.

Paul Walter Hauser (Actor, Da 5 Bloods):
Damn. This hurts. 2020 wont let up.

My only interaction was seeing him at a party Spike threw, while filming D5B, & I didn’t bother to say hi to him bc he looked exhausted. I assumed it was fatigue, not cancer.

Did do a champagne toast w/ him & D5B cast/crew over Zoom. CB was w/ family, wearing a beautiful smile.

I’d be lying if I said I knew him well. I adored Black Panther. I vividly remember sitting in the Vista and crying the film. It was more than a Marvel movie, and we all knew it. And Chadwick led and anchored the entire thing. When Spike told me on Globes weekend that he got Chadwick for Da 5 Bloods, I was astounded. Like Driver in Klansman, this was a legitimate movie star who you ONLY heard good things about. Clearly, his performance did not disappoint. While filming, Spike threw a party for the cast and crew, and I saw Chadwick wearing a t-shirt and shorts, hunched over a table and he looked completely exhausted. Not drunk, not negative, just depleted. I assumed it was jet lag or the labor of his role; had no idea it was a colon cancer battle. Wish I had said hello, but didn’t want to bother him. When we discovered that the Cannes Film Festival wasn’t happening, Spike set up a viewing party for the film and we all hopped on Zoom for a champagne toast and speeches. Chadwick was with family, wearing a calm but beautiful smile, and his satisfaction was evident. Gone insanely-too soon, but I have to assume he maintained that same satisfaction having seen his own brilliant work, his echoing impact and both real and surrogate family that spanned blood, friendships and a global array of appreciative fans. Well-spoken, handsome, polite, soulful, strong and talented. Big shoes to fill, but he has inspired those who will one day fill them. For that, and all other contributions, we’ll be tearful and grateful at the name of Chadwick Boseman 🙏🏼 Rest in Power, to an ACTUAL King. #thankyousir

Chris Hemsworth (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
Gonna miss you mate. Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest most genuine people I’ve met. Sending love and support to all the family xo RIP @chadwickboseman

Aisha Hinds (Actor, Detroit 187):
C H A D 🙏🏾 Admittedly, I wrestle with the ritual of instant public grief, but I fully comprehend and crave the healing power of a communal cry.

Deeply hurting. A throbbing pain in the hollowed out center of my soul surrounded by the needling of numbness throughout my body. My eyes weighted by gallons of grief, refilling as it empties again and again. The news of Chad’s ascent leveled me, unable to reasonably reconcile pulling such a brave, bright, and truly beautiful soldier from the battlefield in the middle of a war. His heart beat for humanity like that of a djembe drum, and his thoughts danced with ideas, insight, interrogation, and inspiration. With the blinding brightness of his smile leading the way, Chad walked into my life with a gait so light, yet the footprint he leaves is embedded in the earth so deeply, it cracks the ocean’s floor. He was new to LA, and charting his way. He was looking for agents and asked about my experiences. He asked honest questions and I gave him honest answers. He joined the family. He stayed. Purpose would power his moves thereafter. Chad’s posture towards his life’s purpose was equal parts tall and upright with fiery focus, balanced by a soft gaze of humility and kindness on bended knees digging for deeper wisdom, guidance, and understanding. His joy lubricated by an infectious laughter belonging to his seven year old self, housed in the vessel of a man. I sit up today anchored by awe and eternal gratitude to Chad for laying a framework for a legacy that will irrefutably last forever. Chad immortalized icons, pouring himself into each one…until he was empty. Even then, him decidedly reaching into his reserve to show up for life, while inside battling with death displaces my breath. The fight to stay in the fight day to day is upending. I honor his deliberate dedication and the dignity with which he governed his life. May the seeds of his soul he has planted into millions bear forever fruit for generations to come. The pain of his passing is palpable…I pray for the strength to show up for life as he did. I pray for his family to be held warmly. By him, through us, always.

Maria Hippolyte (Actor, Black Panther):
Rest in power My king

Tom Holland (Actor, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
Chadwick, you were even more of a hero off screen than on. 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

Josh Hopkins (Actor, Get On Up):
So sad to learn of  @chadwickboseman passing. Tell the people you love that you love them and don’t waste a second.

Erica Hubbard (Actor, Lincoln Heights):
#restinpower #chadwickboseman #lincolnheights 😢‼️‼️ WOW… my uncle and my castmate/mentor in 1 day.. Glad I crossed paths with 1 of the Greats & Extremely Wise and a Very Caring Soul🙏🏽 🙏🏽🙏🏽#unbelievable #hurting #gonetoosoon #memories #gonebutneverforgotten #restwell

Kate Hudson (Actor, Marshall):
Devastating. I have no words, just love and tears at the moment. Sending all this love to his family and all the film families that had the pleasure to work along side this beautiful man. Rest my friend ❤️ @chadwickboseman

Samuel L. Jackson (Actor, Avengers: Infinit War & Endgame):
THANK YOU @chadwickboseman for all you gave us. We needed it & will always cherish it! A talented & giving artist & brother who will be sorely missed. RIP

Stephan James (Actor, 21 Bridges):
This will hurt for a long time 💔

Still can’t believe it. You were a big part of my life these past couple years. Thanking God in this moment our lives crossed paths in the way it did. You were 1 of 1. I promise to hold it down through the work forever.

Love you brother. Rest Easy 🙏🏾

John Kani (Actor, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther):
The Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman passed away last night. My deepest condolences to his family and the Black Panther family. May his soul rest in peace. King T’Chaka. Wakanda Forever.

Taylor Kitsch (Actor, 21 Bridges):
I’m sure this sentiment will be echo’d, and deservedly so. I feel inclined to say my heart aches with this news. Boseman was one of the g’ones. Obviously incredibly talented, had an old school/old soul approach to the work. I simply signed onto the film bc i admired his work…but getting to know him throughout the shoot off screen is where he truly shined. He was gracious and genuine. Truly listened. Cared. And not a false bone in his body. He would constantly check in and see if there was anything he could do throughout the shoot to facilitate, all without motive. Just there to help. 

I remember walking off set after the first day and we chatted and I started to joke about how I didn’t have the accent where I wanted it yet…he just listened. The next day we had our dialect coach waiting for us. They say there’s just certain people that have that inexplicable charisma… the intangibles..he had those in spades.

Our last few moments we joked n said we gotta do something together.. maybe more than 1 scene 🙂 I told him I’d love nothin’ more and I’ll hold him to it. 

I look back and I’m grateful for the time we had. The laughs, chatting about the work, how I’d rib him to ‘go get some rest… something tells me you’ll be busy for a long time:)’

He just flashed that ridiculous smile and with only his grace, just nodded. 

He truly was one of the good ones.

He’s passed way too soon, he’s left such an indeliable mark in such a short time.

Truly wont be forgotten.

Tory Kittles (Actor, Kill Hole):
For some of us you’ve been a hero since the beginning. We love you Uncle Chad. 🖤

T.R. Knight (Actor, 42):
You honored us all with your magnificent light.

Brie Larson (Actor, Avengers: Endgame):
Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace. Wh stood for so much more than himself. Who took the time to really see how you were doing and gave words of encouragement when you felt unsure. I’m honored to have the memories I have. The conversations, the laughter. My heart is with you and your family. You will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in power and peace my friend. 

Denis Leary (Actor, Draft Day):
Incredibly gifted actor. Amazingly generous man. His laughter would fill up a room. I’ll never forget that smile.

John Legend (Actor/Singer/Songwriter)
I’m so shocked and heartbroken about Chadwick. He was such a bright light, such a gifted performer. He brought grace, elegance and power to everything he did. He always seemed to carry our ancestors with him. And now he joins them far too soon.

Norm Lewis: (Actor, Da 5 Bloods)
I am Deeply Saddened to Hear of The Passing of @chadwickboseman. Besides Being A Superb Actor, He was an Amazing Human Being. Honored to Have Worked With You on #Da5Bloods @netflixfilm and to Briefly Get To Know You. May You Rest Now In Power🙏🏿💔🙏🏿

Alexis Louder (Actor, Black Panther):
Did a lil tribute party….

Such a POWERFUL performer! 

Sad to see him gone.

John Carroll Lynch (Actor, Lie to Me):
When I saw INFINITY WARS and T’Challah was dusted, a young man behind me burst into tears and cried out “NO! NO!” over and over. That’s how I feel now.

Some talents I thought were foundational. That would be here long after I was ashes. Chadwick Boseman was one of them. 

Shocked. Sorrowful. Shaken. 

Good night sweet Prince. 

Wakanda Forever.

John C. McGinley (Actor, 42):
Actors Chadwick Boseman and John C. McGinley during Q & A before a… News Photo – Getty Images. I loved Chadwick.

Christopher Meloni (Actor, 42):
Chadwick Boseman. Man, that news made me sad. Great actor. Great person

Ryan Merriman (Actor, 42):
Rest in peace my friend…… I can’t explain what kind of a person this guy was to me and everyone that knew him….he was a light. He was a bright light that always spread joy, love and wisdom. Truly a great man

Nicki Micheaux (Actor, Lincoln Heights):
I try to find the words for what I think we all have lost. You were more than a star, you were a shining light. A pure heart. Fame never changed your spirit. I hate that we lost you. But I’m so glad God sent you our way. Forever King. Rest now.  @chadwickboseman

Omar Benson Miller (Actor, The Express):
My Man…God Bless & Rest In Eternal Peace.

Sydelle Noel (Actor, Black Panther):
After this pic, Chadwick asked why I had that wig on. Told him honestly b/c I hadn’t fully embraced being bald. He then told me, “You need to! You are a beautiful black woman and being bald only enhances your beauty. Man, you’re a Dora! You a badass! You’ll see!”  …and I did.

Barack Obama (Former President)
Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.

Ahna O’Reilly (Actor, Marshall):
This man. Simply heartbroken. What a gift to have been in his presence.

Teresa Palmer (Actor, Message From a King):
Rest in peace beautiful @chadwickboseman. A true gentle spirit. The biggest of hearts and a fierce talent. All my love to all those who loved you, such sad news to wake up to this morning. ❤️

Gwyneth Paltrow (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
I was lucky enough to spend some time with @chadwickboseman on the set of The Avengers. I was so struck by his presence. He was the embodiment of the modern man; strong, intelligent, graceful, self-possessed. I am deeply sad to hear of his passing this morning. What a beautiful legacy he created in such a short life.

Matt Passmore (Actor, The Glades):
I had the absolute pleasure to work alongside this man on an episode of The Glades… he was all talent and all class. Rest In Peace mate. Prayers go out to his family. Thank you for sharing your light with us

Clarke Peters (Actor, Da 5 Bloods):
… with Chadwick, may many more super heroes reach our streets.

What a lovely soul. Chad, I miss you already brother. Da Blood. 

Michelle Pfeiffer (Actor, Avengers: Endgame):
RIP Chadwick Boseman. Such an amazing talent. Taken from us too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones. 💔

Danny Pino (Actor, Cold Case):
A king, forever.

Chris Pratt (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame): 
My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul. #wakandaforever

Lance Reddick (Actor, Fringe):
A great actor, a great man. Rest In Peace, Chadwick.

Jeremy Renner (Actor, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame):
Chadwick is an inspiration, a warrior with a big kind heart that I’ll never forget. I’m so deeply heartbroken by his passing. Sending love to the Boseman family … R.I.P.

Mark Ruffalo (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.

This is his power and impact on the next generation. #ChadwickForever

The Russo Brothers (Directors/Producers, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame, 21 Bridges):
This is hard to process. Chadwick was an incredibly elegant man with great integrity and tremendous talent. He inspired an entire generation to stand up and be king… 

The best way to honor him is to emulate him – show kindness and love to others. Share your talents in ways that impact. Always strive to be a light in the darkness…

Zoe Saldana (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
I’m gonna have to tell Cy, Bowie and Zen that T’Challa has passed. What other king can I tell them about now?

Andy Serkis (Actor, Black Panther):
It is inconceivable to think you are no longer with us Chad. This world needs you, now perhaps more than ever.

Your quiet steel and raging fire beautifully tempered by the fact that you are an honorable,generous, humble human being. 

A natural leader who eloquently and passionately seeks and stands for truth, whose art and life will shine as a beacon of inspiration for generations to come. Peace and love to you, and to your family.

Keesha Sharp (Actor, Marshall):
I am beyond heart broken to hear of Chadwicks passing.He was such a beautiful person inside and out. I just can’t believe it!My condolences to his family.

I will miss u Black Panther

Rest In Peace.Hug those u love a little tighter, time is precious.

Cobie Smulders (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
Thank you for your art. Thank you for your leadership. Rest in Power. Sending all my love to his family.

Sebastian Stan (Actor, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame):
Today is beyond devastating to comprehend. Just shock and pain…I was in awe of Chadwick, as an actor, in his commitment to the work and as a human. I looked up to him. The way he carried himself, how thoughtful and mindful he was, how generous…he elevated everyone around him. None of it makes sense to me. There was so much more coming from this man. It’s such a loss. Such a shame.

Tika Sumpter (Actor, Get On Up):
Omg. No.

Omg. No. No. 

Two angels. Rest well Chadwick. #chadwickbosman

Tessa Thompson (Actor, Avengers: Endgame):
Shattered to see you go. Our paths have felt linked since the day we met many moons ago. Always, your ascension felt like mine too. I suppose its because your dreams were rooted in those around you. Your wins were never for you alone. Your purpose was grounded in taking so many others along with you. I think of all the people —children especially—that soared because of you. Thank you for showing all of us the way. Rest well, friend.

Marisa Tomei (Actor, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame):
Hearbroken.

Glynn Turman (Actor, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom):
When I listen to the rain I’ll hear you. R.I.P. my talented friend.

Lena Waithe (Actor/Writer/Producer)
Gutted at the loss of you. We needed you now more than ever. I loved you, man. We all did. You will be missed.

Our little black boys lost a superhero today.

Black Panther has wings now. It’s as if we all gained an angel.

This man made sure our heroes would live on forever.
Heroes like: Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown. You loved us.

May your life remind us to always love on each other.

Forest Whitaker (Actor, Black Panther):
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

Taika Waititi (Actor/Director, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Endgame):
Devastating news. We lost a great one. Takoto mai rā e Āriki. 

Fabrice du Welz (Director, Message From the King):
It is with deep sadness that i learn of the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. This shocks me deeply. I spent several months with him, loved him and sincerely admired him. Chadwick is leaving at 43 and I think of all he could have accomplished, produced, lived, loved, written and directed … I think about his fights, Logan, Simone, his friends and family …

Chadwick was bright, an exceptional being. I was fortunate enough to cross his path and would have loved a new adventure together … Chadwick is gone, much, much too soon and it’s terrible

Love & respect to @chadwickboseman forever 

Forest Whitaker (Actor, Black Panther):
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

Isiah Whitlock Jr.: (Actor, Da 5 Bloods)
My heart is breaking! Just heard Chadwick Boseman passed away.

RIP. Forever a Blood. A beautiful person. You will be missed. God speed.

Reese Witherspoon (Actor, 9 Kisses):
May god bless you and carry you home @chadwickboseman. We lost one of the greats today. His legacy will live on forever in his beloved films and in the heart of everyone who loved him.

Letitia Wright (Actor, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame): 
this hurts. really hurts

for my brother 🕊
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