The world is mourning the loss of Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther star, who passed away on Friday following a battle with colon cancer.
Boseman, 43, embodied legendary Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown on his way to becoming the face of the venerable Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe.
As his star soared, the actor privately underwent “countless surgeries and chemotherapy” to fight cancer, his family said in a statement. Boseman had been diagnosed at stage 3 in 2016, but never spoke publicly about it.
He died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family at his side, his publicist told The Associated Press.
Emotional tributes immediately flooded social media as Hollywood pals and politicians shared their condolences.
and politicians shared their condolences.
“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!” wrote Viola Davis, co-star in “Get on Up” and the upcoming adaptation of August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
“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… All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave,” said Angela Bassett, “Black Panther” co-star. “Rest now, sweet prince.”
“I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here,” tweeted “Black Panther” co-star Sterling K. Brown. “Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed.”
“I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original,” tweeted Chris Evans, who played Captain America in multiple Marvel films. “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.”
“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,” echoed Mark Ruffalo, Boseman’s co-star in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”