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Friends and Fans Mourn Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman, Dead at 43
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=46173"><span class="small">Matthew Dessem, Slate</span></a>   
Sunday, 30 August 2020 08:03

Dessem writes: "Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died Friday of colon cancer at the age of 43."

Chadwick Boseman at the European premiere of Black Panther in 2018. (photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Chadwick Boseman at the European premiere of Black Panther in 2018. (photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Friends and Fans Mourn Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman, Dead at 43

By Matthew Dessem, Slate

30 August 20


ctor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died Friday of colon cancer at the age of 43. His family announced the news on Twitter:

In addition to appearing in four MCU films, including his starring role in Black Panther, Boseman also played real-life Black heroes Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall. Boseman’s illness was not publicly known until his death, and his friends, collaborators, and fans are mourning him on social media, sharing stories about him, and celebrating his work. Here’s what people are saying.

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 (@SterlingKBrown) August 29, 2020 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!

— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 29, 2020

i will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god ...  forever and ever ...

— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 29, 2020

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

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 29, 2020

Mr. Boseman leveled the playing field while fighting for his life... That’s heroism. I’ll remember the good times, the laughter, and the way he changed the game... #chadwickforever @chadwickboseman

— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) August 29, 2020

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.

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020

— Brie Larson (@brielarson) August 29, 2020

Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 29, 2020

Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles. 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

— Halle Berry (@halleberry) August 29, 2020

May you have a beautiful return, King. We will miss you so.

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 29, 2020

This is a crushing blow.

— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) August 29, 2020

There's so much to be said about him. He was a brilliant writer and orator - I watched him carefully craft a brilliant speech for the NAACP. His dedication to his art was absolute. His love for his culture endless. His thirst for knowledge unquenchable. We lost a great man.

— Reginald Hudlin (@reghud) August 29, 2020

Chadwick was such an elegant man with great integrity and tremendous talent. He inspired an entire generation to stand up and be king. Honor him by emulating him-show kindness and love to others. Share your talents in ways that impact. Always strive to be a light in the darkness.

— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) August 29, 2020

Shooting DRAFT DAY in Cleveland, @chadwickboseman and I went to the ballpark to see the Indians play the Tigers. We had met on the set of the movie just days prior and had many things in common, including sharing an agent. I had scored sweet tickets behind the visitor’s dugout


— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) August 29, 2020

... but Chad was late getting to the park. He showed up with his cap pulled low and dark glasses. He was very apologetic for his tardiness. At first I thought the Incognito act and lateness might’ve been some Star Trip. It was anything but...


— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) August 29, 2020

It was a year or so removed from Chad’s breakthrough role as Jackie Robinson in 42. He explained what had happened, “there was a group of people outside my hotel. They had Jackie jersey, bats, all kinds of 42 stuff for me to sign...


— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) August 29, 2020

I had to slip out through the rear,” he got a bit choked up, “...look, I KNOW what Jackie means to people. I completely understand what he symbolizes and what he fought against. But I am NOT Jackie. I’m just an actor. I am not him.”


— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) August 29, 2020

I was floored by the humility of the man. Most actors I know (sadly myself included) would likely be puffed-up and full of their own awesomeness — not Chad. His Soul would never let his Ego win the Battle.

That is what kind of man Chadwick Boseman was.


— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) August 29, 2020

As Fate would have it, Chad died on Jackie Robinson Day, 2020. I’ll bet Jackie was waiting at the plate to welcome him Home.

FLY HIGH #42 and the Faux 42 — both were Great Men we were lucky to have on this earth.


— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) 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.

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 29, 2020

Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, The Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman. Our real life super heroes.

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) August 29, 2020

I am crushed. Beyond crushed to wake up in the middle of the night to this nightmare, to the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Of colon cancer! What tried to kill me! It’s too much. It’s too much. Chadwick gave us so much. So much. And now he’s gone. 1/

— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) August 29, 2020

However, his art, his work remains. Colon cancer: you can never take his art, his work. It is eternal. And colon cancer: you can’t kill our love of Chadwick. It is eternal. Rest in our love my brother.

— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) August 29, 2020

Only Chadwick could embody Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and T’Challa. He, too, knew what it meant to persevere. To summon real strength. And he belongs right there with them as a hero—for Black kids and for all our kids. There’s no better gift to give our world. ❤

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 29, 2020

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

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

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 29, 2020

Our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman's family and loved ones and all the fans he inspired with his spirit and groundbreaking performances.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 29, 2020

Death is a great thief. Farewell King

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 29, 2020

Colon cancer has taken too many young Black men too soon. I’m heartbroken for Chadwick Boseman’s family and friends, and for everyone who saw themselves in his roles. He was a hero on screen and off. Sending comfort to everyone grieving.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 29, 2020

"It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of alumnus Chadwick Boseman who passed away this evening. His incredible talent will forever be immortalized through his characters and through his own personal journey from student to superhero! Rest in Power!" @HUPrez17

— Howard University (@HowardU) August 29, 2020

We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman. His transcendent performance in “42” will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come.

— MLB (@MLB) August 29, 2020

The NBA mourns the loss of Chadwick Boseman, a great friend of the NBA family.

— NBA (@NBA) August 29, 2020

Rest in Peace, Chadwick Boseman.

— NFL (@NFL) August 29, 2020

An immeasurable loss. From "Black Panther" to "Da 5 Bloods," Chadwick Boseman brought strength and light to the screen, every time.

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 29, 2020

Rest in Power, King.

— The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) August 29, 2020

“Everybody is the hero in their own story” - Chadwick Boseman

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 29, 2020 your social media marketing partner
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