Stars Honor the Life and Legacy of Chadwick Boseman: "Thank You For Your Presence"

29/08/2020 - 10:30 AM

Hollywood is mourning the death of Chadwick Boseman, who died at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer [1]. The actor's family confirmed his passing in a statement on Aug. 28, saying, "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ⁣A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much." They went to list some of Chadwick's most memorable works, including Marshall and Da 5 Bloods, as well as Black Panther [2], which they noted "was the honor of his career." The statement continued: "He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time."

Tributes from Chadwick's friends and co-stars have continued to pour in [3] as loved ones reflect on the actor's impactful legacy. "This young man's dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal," Angela Bassett wrote in an emotional eulogy. Gabrielle Union [4] shared a similar sentiment, writing, "Truly a gentleman superstar on screen and in life. Pure excellence and class and grace." Keep reading to see more of the heart-rending homages to Chadwick.

Sebastian Stan

"Today is beyond devastating to comprehend [5]. Just shock and pain...I was in awe of Chadwick, as an actor, in his commitment to the work and as a human. I looked up to him. The way he carried himself, how thoughtful and mindful he was, how generous...he elevated everyone around him. None of it makes sense to me. There was so much more coming from this man. It's such a loss. Such a shame."

Mahershala Ali

"Peace King... Thank you for your extraordinary work [6], your exemplary character and leadership. Love you Brother. 🀲🏿."

Reese Witherspoon

"May god bless you and carry you home @chadwickboseman [7]. We lost one of the greats today. His legacy will live on forever in his beloved films and in the heart of everyone who loved him."

Angela Bassett

"It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected [8], for us to be family. But what many don't know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther [9]. 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

"I don't have words. [10] 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. πŸ€œπŸΏπŸ€›πŸΏ"

Lili Reinhart

"This is so heartbreaking [11]... πŸ’”."

Chloe x Halle

"Absolutely HEARTBREAKING [12]. wow. RIP πŸ˜”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½."

Chris Pratt

"My prayers go out to Chadwick's family and loved ones [13]. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul. #wakandaforever."

Josh Brolin

"I am absolutely floored. Such an amazing, beautiful person. πŸ–€ RIP Brother. @chadwickboseman [14]."

Gabrielle Union

"Truly a gentleman superstar on screen and in life [15]. Pure excellence and class and grace."

Jay Ellis

"πŸ‘‘Long live the king πŸ‘‘ Rest in Power [16]."

Zoe Saldana

"Rest in Power King T'Challa [17]. My heart is so heavy right now. Your passing has hit me hard. I will tell my sons about you forever. You were one of the classiest men I have ever met in my life. It was an honor to have shared minutes with you on screen and to have crossed paths with you during press. Though our acquaintance was light you always left a lasting impression because of your energy, poise and gentle manner. May the Universe deliver you to your promise land brother. ~ Que en paz y en poder logres descansar finalmente. Con lo poco que estuviste aquΓ­, dejaste un legado increΓ­ble!!!"

Oprah Winfrey

"What a gentle gifted SOUL [18]. 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."

Kevin Hart

"I have no words....This sh*t hurts. Just a all around good brother [19]. You will be missed.... Rest well King."

Lena Waithe

"Gutted at the loss of you [20]. We needed you now more than ever. I loved you, man. We all did. You will be missed.

Our little black boys lost a superhero today.

Black Panther [21] has wings now. It's as if we all gained an angel.

This man made sure our heroes would live on forever.
Heroes like: Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown. You loved us.

May your life remind us to always love on each other."

Storm Reid

"At a complete loss of words [22]. One of the nicest people I've had the privilege to share space with. Always supportive. More than just out favorite superhero. πŸ’” I am sending love and light to his family and friends."

Anthony Anderson

"You were a true gentleman a gentle soul and an enormous talent! May God continue to bless and comfort your family! Gone to soon. #chadwickboseman [23]."

Sarah Paulson

"What a gift he was to all of us out here in the dark- [24] watching him listen was more enrapturing than watching others with endless words to say. What an immeasurable loss. Rest in Power. πŸ’”."

Halle Berry

"Here's to an incredible man with immeasurable talent [25], who leaned into life despite his personal battle behind the scenes. May we take this as a reminder that you never truly know what the people around you might be going through - treat them with kindness, and cherish every minute you have together. RIP #ChadwickBoseman."

Kamala Harris

"Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble [26]. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family."

Brie Larson

"Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace [27]. Who stood for so much more than himself. Who took the time to really see how you were doing and gave words of encouragement when you felt unsure. I'm honored to have the memories I have. The conversations, the laughter. My heart is with you and your family. You will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in power and peace my friend."

Dwayne Johnson

In an Instagram post, Dwayne wrote [28]:

"'Press on with pride. Press on with purpose' - Chadwick Boseman
This was hard to hear about.
Hard to imagine the quiet pain and struggle you went thru all these years, yet still shined your powerful light and talents to inspire the world.
Especially, our kids who finally saw themselves as a superhero β€” because of you.
Rest in power, brother.
My love and strength to your family.
You will always press on with pride and purpose."

He also shared a tribute to Chadwick on Twitter [29], writing:

"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."

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

"A round of Applause for Mr. Chadwick Boseman [30]. Well done, King. πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ."

Chris Evans

"I'm absolutely devastated [31]. This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. Few performers have such power and versatility. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I'm endlessly grateful for our friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in power, King. πŸ’™"

Jamie Foxx

"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 [32]...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 [33]! πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”."

Tika Sumpter

"Two angels. β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’”. Rest well Chadwick. #chadwickbosman [34]."

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

"Rest in power, king πŸ‘‘ [35]."

Barack Obama

"Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson [36]. 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."

Chris Hemsworth

"Gonna miss you mate [37]. Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest most genuine people I've met. Sending love and support to all the family xo RIP."

LeBron James

"Rest In Paradise King πŸ‘‘! [38] #TheHellWith2020 #FCancer."

Viola Davis

"Chadwick.....no words to express my devastation of losing you [39]. 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! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

My heart cannot take 2020! Please God no more!!!"

Taylor Kitsch

"I'm sure this sentiment will be echo'd, and deservedly so. I feel inclined to say my heart aches with this news. Boseman was one of the g'ones [40]. Obviously incredibly talented, had an old school/old soul approach to the work. I simply signed onto the film bc i admired his work...but getting to know him throughout the shoot off screen is where he truly shined. He was gracious and genuine. Truly listened. Cared. And not a false bone in his body. He would constantly check in and see if there was anything he could do throughout the shoot to facilitate, all without motive. Just there to help.

I remember walking off set after the first day and we chatted and I started to joke about how I didn't have the accent where I wanted it yet...he just listened. The next day we had our dialect coach waiting for us. They say there's just certain people that have that inexplicable charisma... the intangibles..he had those in spades.

Our last few moments we joked n said we gotta do something together.. maybe more than 1 scene :) I told him I'd love nothin' more and I'll hold him to it.

I look back and I'm grateful for the time we had. The laughs, chatting about the work, how I'd rib him to 'go get some rest... something tells me you'll be busy for a long time:)'

He just flashed that ridiculous smile and with only his grace, just nodded.

He truly was one of the good ones.

He's passed way too soon, he's left such an indeliable mark in such a short time.

Truly wont be forgotten."

Kerry Washington

"A warrior of light til the very end [41]. A true king. May he rise in power."

Joey King

"This is horrific. Cancer is horrific. Chadwick Boseman defied the odds of his disease [42] and gifted us with so many great characters all while suffering the darkness and pain of cancer. Rest In Peace to this King πŸ’”."

Dwyane Wade

"😒 😒 Rest In Heaven [43] πŸ‘‘."

The Weeknd

"This is too heartbreaking [44]. gone way too soon. πŸ’”rip."

Yvonne Orji

"Our King. Rest in power [45].πŸ–€"


"Rest in great power [46]."

Jake Gyllenhaal

"Chadwick's strength and goodness and honesty burned in his eyes [47]. We only spent a handful of hours together, but anyone that crossed paths with him on or off screen knows what I mean: he was rare. The genuine article. His bravery is a lesson to us all. Rest In Peace, Mr. Boseman. You will be deeply missed."

Michelle Obama

"I'll always remember watching Chadwick in 42 [48]. Barack and I were alone in the White House, on a weekend night with the girls away. I was so profoundly moved by the rawness and emotion in the barrier-breaking story. And not long after, when he came to meet with young people in the State Dining Room, I saw that Chadwick's brilliance on screen was matched by a warmth and sincerity in person.

There's a reason he could play Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and King T'Challa with such captivating depth and honesty. He, too, knew what it meant to truly persevere. He, too, knew that real strength starts inside. And he, too, belongs right there with them as a heroβ€”for Black kids and for all of our kids. There's no better gift with which to grace our world. ❀️."

Caleb McLaughlin

"I hate to hear news like this, it makes me sick to my stomach. I've met Mr. ChadWick on numerous occasions, he always took time to speak with me [49] - Such a wonderful, humble spirit. His LEGACY will live on FOREVER!

Praying his family finds peace that surpasses all understanding ❀️

Rest in eternal peace β€οΈπŸ™πŸΏ."

Gaten Matarazzo

"What a great loss this is [50]. Only had the pleasure of meeting him briefly. Love and prayers going out to all of Chadwick's friends and family. The impact you've made is immeasurable and it will last for generations. You will live on as a symbol of TRUE strength and perseverance. Rest Easy. Rest Well. You will be missed.❀️."

Issa Rae

"Fell asleep crying. Woke up crying. I don't know why this one hurts so badly. Maybe it's because we lost a literal Black superhero [51]. Maybe it's because your grace, class, kindness and dignity is so rare. Maybe it's because you had to suffer in silence for so long, while some speculated, cruelly. Maybe it's because we didn't need to see another Black man's life cut short. Maybe it's because your Denzel-anointed legacy had so much more to offer. Maybe it's because you felt like ours with every role you chose to embody. Maybe it's because God wanted your light a bit closer.

You will be so missed. Thank you for everything."

Harry Shum Jr.

"Incredibly sad news [52]. The complete transformation of every character in his body of work gave a glimpse of a real life hero with an ability to make us believe in ourselves many times over. He worked tirelessly through the pain to give us hope in a time where we need it most. Reminds us that you don't know what personal struggles others may have and to always practice as much patience and kindness towards one another. My condolences to his family and close friends. Rest in Power, #King."

Billy Porter Jr.

"R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman [53]

"THERE ARE NO WORDS! I AM SPEECHLESS. You've inspired a generation of young black youth to discover their roots & reminded us all that we are ROYALTY! Thank you for leaving your mark & making a real difference. I leave you with the words of this brilliant young man as he breathed life into the students during his commencement speech at Howard University. Rest well brother. Rest well. 'This day, when you have reached the hill top and you are deciding on next jobs, next steps, careers, further education, you would rather find purpose than a job or career. Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history. Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you are here to fulfill. Whatever you choose for a career path, remember, the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose..... I don't know what your future is, but if you are willing to take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes, the one that has ultimately proven to have more meaning, more victory, more glory then you will not regret it. Now, this is your time. I love you' @ChadwickBoseman."


"Every time we crossed paths with you, you were kindest, chill, and most peaceful person. It's truly so sad to hear what's happened. Heaven has gained another angel. Rest in Paradise #Chadwick [54] πŸ™πŸ½."

Pharrell Williams

"Thank you for lifting us. Rest in Power, King [55]."

Darren Criss

"There was so much about Chadwick that I admired and looked up to [56]. He was already an icon. Both as a person that stood for something and a performer that brought us together. ⁣
"What a hard-working, lovely man. The fact that he took on such a difficult battle for so long without people knowing is a testament to his grace and commitment to craft. He was an exceptional talent, and more than worthy of the timeless heroes he portrayed. His legacy will forever be one of strength, courage, and inspiration. ⁣
"Rest in all the power you gave to the world, Chadwick. May it forever find its way back to the ones you loved."

Yara Shahidi

"Sending so much love to his family [57] ❀️ Sitting in gratitude for his light, his art, and his dedication to US and our community- on and off screen. With his grace, his presence, his characters, he reflected our beauty and power. He made our blackness a global celebration. He expanded my realm of possibility and showed us just how big we can dream ❀️ Rest in Power."

Channing Tatum

"There just aren't words to describe losing such a brilliantly talented and powerful man [58]. I didn't know you well. But the little time i got to spend with you. It was clear as day. You had the light. Rest in power. And keep shining from above man."

Eiza GonzΓ‘lez

"Words fail to express the feeling [59]. So unfair. Thank you for all that you brought to this world, you left a huge mark πŸ–€."

Mindy Kaling

"I can't believe he's gone [60]."

Chase Stokes

"Damn.. my heart is hurting. Praying for his family [61].. life is precious, text your loved ones tonight."

Victoria MonΓ©t

"To the Black Panther himself [62]: We will always celebrate you! We'll always stand in applause in your honor. I will show my future children your work and my son(s) will see themselves as Kings through you!!! Thank you for your earthside legacy. Now your angel promotion has begun. We love you πŸ•Š."

Keegan-Michael Key

"A kind man, a generous man, and a bright shining light in the world [63]. You will be missed my friend.✊🏾@chadwickboseman."

Jennifer Lopez

"Purpose ... his life was full of it ... thank you for inspiring us all, @ChadwickBoseman [64]! #King #RestInPeace."


"June 2018 paris, Virgils first showing for Vuitton. This is the exact moment we met [65]. It was a perfect parisian summer day and we all grabbed lunch at Coste afterwards and just laughed and ate fries for hours in the corner of the atrium. We got a couple hangs in that trip and talked about how we could contribute and be impactful beyond our art . Man, you shined so bright and shared your light with everyone all while quietly battling... It's unfathomable. Says a lot about the warm strength and spirit that seemed to emanate off of you man. It hurts to imagine a lifetime of your contributions but the impact you've left in this short time will echo on and on forever. Thank you for your timeless spirit and for being a real life hero for all of us, in your art and your humanity. Sending so much love and our deepest condolences to your family. Rest in Power king."

Trevor Noah

"Yes this was our king [66]. Not because we served him or because he ruled. But because of how he served us in everything he did. He played a hero on screen and lived like one in real life. From South Carolina to South Africa he made so many of us proud of who we are and for that he will always be our king. Hamba kahle Chadwick...Sizoku bona phambili. πŸ“·: @imseangallagher."

Naomi Campbell

"Chadwick Boseman @chadwickboseman Purest soul [67], humble being , with such Grace and dignity , easy movement to the spirit world . May you Rest with the highest , my condolences to your loved ones and family πŸ’”πŸ˜’πŸ™πŸΎ."

Ava DuVernay

"You loved us. And we will always love you [68]."

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