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Danai Gurira reacts to Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing

“How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words,” Danai Gurira said.

Danai Gurira and Chadwick Boseman MATT KENNEDY/DISNEY/MARVEL

About two days after the devastating passing of acclaimed actor Chadwick Boseman, one of his Black Panther co-stars Danai Gurira, who played Okoye, the head warrior whose job was to protect the king of Wakanda, has broken her silence about the loss of her friend.

In a touching letter that she posted on social media, Gurira revealed the pain that she’s now feeling knowing that Boseman is now gone. Her posts were accompanied by a photo of the two of them, as well as a picture of their chairs on the Black Panther set that had their character names on them.

“How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words,” the actress’ letter started. “Nothing feels adequate. I always marveled at how special Chadwick was. Such a pure hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy. My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence and grace.”

Gurira continued: “On many an occasion I would think how thankful I was that he was the leading man I was working closely with. A true class act. And so perfectly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading the franchise that changed everything for Black representation.”

This touching letter comes a short while after Black Panther director Ryan Coogler wrote one about Boseman of his own. He admitted that it was hurtful for him to come to terms with the fact that the actor was no longer with us in person. “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,” the director wrote.

Take a look at Gurira’s message about Boseman below.

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How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate. I always marveled at how special Chadwick was. Such a pure hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy. My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence and grace. On many an occasion I would think how thankful I was that he was the leading man I was working closely with. A true class act. And so perfectly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading the franchise that changed everything for Black representation. He made everyone feel loved, heard and seen. He played great, iconic roles because he possessed inside of himself that connection to greatness to be able to so richly bring them to life. He had a heroic spirit, and marched to the beat of his own drum; hence his excellence as an artist and the incredible courage and determination as he faced life’s challenges; while still guiding us all. He was zen and sweet and funny (with the very best laugh), attentive, and truly, truly, good. I can’t even wrap my mind around this loss. A loss resonating in my own heart as well as around the globe. The children he inspired, my heart aches for them, to lose their hero just as they finally found him. I am so thankful to have taken the Black Panther journey with him. To have known him, spent time in his light and leadership and to call him forever a friend. Lala Ngoxolo Kumkani.

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