As the news hit social media that Chadwick Boseman died at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer, Hollywood is remembering the actor who became a household name when he starred in the title role of the Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther.”
Jordan Peele tweeted, “This is a crushing blow.”
This is a crushing blow.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) August 29, 2020
Fellow director Nia DaCosta wrote, “I’ll miss waiting to see what he does next. Rest in power.”
I’ll miss waiting to see what he does next. Rest in power. https://t.co/PkRjw4HKSF
— Nia DaCosta (@NiaDaCosta) August 29, 2020
Boseman’s family announced on his Twitter on Friday night that he died with his wife and family by his side. Calling Boseman “a true fighter,” the family said he was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and “battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”
“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel, in a statement. “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.”
Several other Marvel stars expressed their condolences on Twitter. Don Cheadle wrote, “I will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god…”
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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star, Dies at 43
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 29, 2020
“I have absolutely no words,” wrote Simu Liu, star of the upcoming “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” “Rest in power my brother.”
I have absolutely no words.
Rest in power my brother.
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) August 29, 2020
Brie Larson said on Twitter, “I’m honored to have the memories I have. The conversations, the laughter. My heart is with with you and your family. You will be missed and never forgotten.”
“Chadwick was special,” wrote Chris Evans. “A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create.”
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💙 pic.twitter.com/oBERXlw66Z
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 29, 2020
Angela Bassett, who played Boseman’s mother in “Black Panther,” shared a gallery of photos of the two, both in character and out, on Instagram.
“I’m gonna have to tell Cy, Bowie and Zen that T’Challa has passed,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Zoe Saldana said, referring to her children. “What other king can I tell them about now?”
I’m gonna have to tell Cy, Bowie and Zen that T’Challa has passed. What other king can I tell them about now? pic.twitter.com/AFEFxJOFd5
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) August 29, 2020
Another “Guardians” star, Chris Pratt, wrote, “My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 29, 2020
“We are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of #chadwickboseman — an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met,” wrote former Walt Disney Studios CEO Bob Iger. “He brought enormous strength, dignity and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther; shattering myths and stereotypes.”
We are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of #chadwickboseman — an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met. He brought enormous strength, dignity and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther; shattering myths and stereotypes,
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) August 29, 2020
“Hard to hear about this. Rest in love, brother,” Dwayne Johnson wrote. “Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family.”
Hard to hear about this.
Rest in love, brother.
Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family. https://t.co/hNAWav7Cq8
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 29, 2020
“In power,” director Barry Jenkins wrote. “Eternally in power.”
Eternally in power
— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) August 29, 2020
Political figures have also commented on Boseman death. Former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden wrote, “The true power of Chadwick Boseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes.”
The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 29, 2020
In a statement, Denzel Washington, a producer on the upcoming “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which will be Boseman’s final film, wrote, “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. God bless Chadwick Boseman.”
“Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you,” Viola Davis, who stars with Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” tweeted. “Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity……..It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you.
Josh Gad, who co-starred with Boseman in 2017’s “Marshall,” shared a screengrab of one of the last texts he received from his costar, in which Boseman marveled at the beauty of a rainy day in Los Angeles.
“He knew how precious every moment was,” wrote Gad. “Tonight the Heavens received one of its most powerful angels.”
Thomas Tull, who produced “42,” in which Chadwick starred as Jackie Robinson, wrote, “Chadwick was a force of nature full of abundant talent and strong spirit. Tonight all baseball teams are wearing 42 to honor Jackie Robinson, and today marks the anniversary of Dr. King’s iconic I Have a Dream speech. Chad was special, he played Jackie Robinson with respect and reverence for the legacy of a man who changed the world. Chad was kind and genuine, I will miss him dearly and I will never forget him. My heart goes out to his wife and family.”
See more tributes to Boseman below.
I am absolutely stunned. He was so, so young. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends, those near and dear to him who loved and supported him throughout his brief time on earth. It’s so unfair.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 29, 2020
This man was diagnosed in 2016 and yet all of this powerful work!! I’m vibrating between immense joy for him and such sadness. But the sadness takes over. Condolences to his loved ones. He lives in the mythic. Incredible.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) August 29, 2020
We love you, Chadwick. Your legacy will never die. #ripchadwickboseman
— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) August 29, 2020
Deeply saddened by the news that #ChadwickBoseman has left us.
Phenomenal actor. Inspirational figure. Great man.
May he forever Rest In Power.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) August 29, 2020
Such a brutal loss. RIP, Chadwick.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 29, 2020
An immeasurable loss. From “Black Panther” to “Da 5 Bloods,” Chadwick Boseman brought strength and light to the screen, every time. pic.twitter.com/vRXxYU8Tbr
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) 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
Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, per reports. During that time, he gave us Civil War, Marshall, Black Panther, Infinity War, Endgame, 21 Bridges and Da 5 Bloods. Lord only knows what he was going through on a daily basis.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 29, 2020
Rest. Such gifts wrapped in dedication to our craft. May every man you portrayed celebrate your spirit as I do… as we all do. May your family be covered in your love.
— Kim Fields (@KimVFields) August 29, 2020
RIP Chadwick Boseman.
This is so unbelievable, sending love & light to your family 🙏🏾💔
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) August 29, 2020
What an incredible loss.
Rest in Power, King. https://t.co/TXlndX3IxY
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) August 29, 2020
Rest In Peace, Chadwick. Gone way too soon. Talent beyond. pic.twitter.com/bsEYLts5Q4
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 29, 2020
RIP CHADWICK BOSEMAN…inspired a generation. #BlackPanther
May God Have Mercy On Your Soul & Condolences To Your Family, Friends & Fans.
— HOUSE EP NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) August 29, 2020
— Akbar Gbajabiamila (@Akbar_Gbaja) August 29, 2020