Black Panther cast lead tributes to Chadwick Boseman who has passed away aged 43

29 August 2020, 09:43

Chadwick Boseman tributes
Chadwick Boseman tributes. Picture: Getty
Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

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.

Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman has died of colon cancer. He was 43.

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.

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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

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RIP Chadwick Boseman.

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