Having an acting career that spanned many years, as he appeared in groundbreaking movies and entertaining TV shows, Boseman was known around the world for being a phenomenal talent. His star power would reach exponential heights when he obtained the role at T’Challa, the Black Panther. The rest would be cinematic history.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement about his passing. “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.”
Almost immediately after this news broke, fellow entertainment industry stars reacted on social media and paid their respects to the fallen thespian. From Oprah Winfrey to Gabrielle Union, Jordan Peele, Jamie Foxx, Will Packer and more; Hollywood is feeling this tremendous loss as equally as Boseman’s fans — if not more.
Even Oscar award-winning actor Denzel Washington, who shares a special history with Boseman being that the Malcolm X actor paid for Boseman’s tuition to study acting abroad when he attended Howard University as a youth, issued a statement about his passing. “He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career,” Washington said. “God bless Chadwick Boseman.”
“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,” Angela Bassett, who played his mother in the movie, commented on Instagram.
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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
“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,” Sterling K. Brown, who also acted in Black Panther with Boseman, tweeted.
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
“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,” Winfrey tweeted.
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
“A warrior of light til the very end. A true king. I am without words. May he rise in power,” Kerry Washington added.
A warrior of light til the very end. A true king. I am without words. May he rise in power. https://t.co/50nfbvZpAq— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 29, 2020
See other tributes to the now late actor below.
May you have a beautiful return, King. We will miss you so. pic.twitter.com/jdip3RHoXb— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 29, 2020
Rest In Love Chadwick ✨ ✨ pic.twitter.com/02dFtLUkrk— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) August 29, 2020
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! pic.twitter.com/6abglPBOsh— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 29, 2020
Such a towering talent. May God bless his family & loved ones during this very difficult time. Thank you for inspiring us & sharing your gifts in your brief 43 years... Rest In Blessings young KING! As @amandaseales just said, “please universe, make it stop!” #chadwickboseman pic.twitter.com/lbeljv7zRN— Blair Underwood (@BlairUnderwood) August 29, 2020
F*ck this yr. He was battling stage 4 cancer while being our superhero. & to think people made fun of him for the weight loss. The tongue is a powerful weapon. Be wise in how you use it. Hoping he never doubted his royalty. Praying for his family— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) August 29, 2020
Long live the king #ripchadwick pic.twitter.com/CCUNP4CsdM
No words . Thank you my dear brother. Thank you. https://t.co/8J3F0Sysij— Will Packer (@willpowerpacker) August 29, 2020
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— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 29, 2020
Heartbreaking. The loss of Chadwick Boseman life and light. The 4 year battle in secret. It’s all heartbreaking. Just heartbreaking.— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) August 29, 2020
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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.
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Please Jesus please... I know you know what’s best... but at this moment our hearts are writhing with so much pain... so to lose this beautiful black king renders me weak...please watch over his family and loved ones.... @chadwickboseman you have touched the lives of all of us... u will forever be remembered in the highest regard... REST IN POWER! our black king! Our black panther!