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Marvel stars pay tribute to Late Black Panther Actor, Chadwick Boseman

  • Chadwick Boseman died Friday at the age of 43.
  • Boseman was battling colon cancer since 2016 in private.
  • "Black Panther" and Marvel stars from Angela Bassett to Chris Hemsworth remember the actor as a kind, modest, and great man.
Actor Chadwick Boseman died Friday of cancer at the age of 43.
Boseman had quietly been battling colon cancer since 2016, according to a statement released on Twitter. The actor filmed many of his movies, including "Marshall" to "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Endgame" during and between surgery and chemotherapy.

Boseman's "Black Panther" cast members remember a modest man who they all loved.

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"Black Panther" won outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picutre for "Black Panther" at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2019.
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Angela Bassett, who played Boseman's mother in "Black Panther," said they were meant to be connected.

In the wake of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman's death from colon cancer on Friday, his Marvel co-stars paid tribute on social media to the beloved actor. Boseman died at 43 after a four-year struggle with the disease.
According to an official statement from the actor's representatives, Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. The actor died at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his wife and other family members.
Captain America star Chris Evans paid tribute to the Wakandan king, writing: "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."
Angela Bassett, who portrayed Boseman's mother in Black Panther, posted a tribute on Instagram: "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"
Sterling K. Brown, who played Prince N'Jobu in Black Panther, wrote of his costar's passing: "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."
Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner/the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, wrote of Boseman: "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."
Tom Holland, the current star of the Spider-Man franchise, said Boseman was "even more of a hero off screen than on" adding that the actor was a "role model not only to me on set, but to millions of others around the world."
Don Cheadle, who stars as Rhodey in multiple MCU films, tweeted a photo of himself with Boseman. "I will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me." The tweet ended with the iconic Wakanda Forever message in emojis, and Cheadle adding "forever and ever."
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt expressed sympathy for Boseman's family and loved ones, adding that "The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul."
Guardians actress Zoe Saldana tweeted, "I’m gonna have to tell Cy, Bowie and Zen that T’Challa has passed. What other king can I tell them about now?"
Shang-Chi lead Simu Liu wrote he had "absolutely no words" after learning the shocking news of Boseman's death, adding "Rest in power my brother."
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi tweeted of Boseman's passing, "Devastating news. We lost a great one. Takoto mai rā e Āriki."
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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige called Boseman's death "absolutely devastating" in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, adding, "He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family."
Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson tweeted, "It feels meaningful that we lost Chadwick Boseman on the same day as Emmet Till’s death is 1955 and MLK’s 'I Have a Dream' speech in 1963."
Marvel exec Louis D'Esposito also shared a statement on social media about Boseman, writing: "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."
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Sterling K. Brown, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, and Forest Whitaker; writer/director Ryan Coogler; Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige; producers Louis D'Esposito and Victoria Alonso, and executive producer Nate Moore at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. 


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