Chadwick Boseman’s Death Mourned by Marvel Family, HollywoodAugust 29, 2020
Marvel Studios saluted Boseman, promising: “Your legacy will live on forever.”
Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DyibBLoBxz
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 29, 2020
Marvel Studios President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige, who produced Black Panther, issued the following statement to IGN via Disney:
“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. 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.”
Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito and Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman each tweeted:
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.
— Louis D’Esposito (@louisde2) 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. He brought enormous strength, dignity and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther; shattering myths and stereotypes,
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) August 29, 2020
Tributes have also come in from Black Panther’s Angela Bassett (who played T’Challa’s mother Ramonda) and Sterling K. Brown (who played N’Jobu), Captain America’s Chris Evans, Hulk’s Mark Ruffalo, Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, Spider-Man’s Tom Holland, War Machine’s Don Cheadle, Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson, Nick Fury’s Samuel L. Jackson, Shang-Chi star Simu Liu, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, future Captain Marvel 2 director Nia DaCosta, Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds, future Blade star Mahershala Ali, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, The Winter Soldier’s Frank Grillo, and Daredevil and Luke Cage’s Rosario Dawson:
“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
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. https://t.co/8rK4dWmorq
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) 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 pic.twitter.com/oBERXlw66Z
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) 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
Chadwick, you were even more of a hero off screen than on. A role model not only to me on set, but to millions of others around the world. You brought joy and happiness to so many and I’m proud to have been able to call you a friend. RIP Chadwick
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 29, 2020
THANK YOU @chadwickboseman for all you gave us. We needed it & will always cherish it! A talented & giving artist & brother who will be sorely missed RIP
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 29, 2020
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) August 29, 2020
Rest in Power, my king.
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) August 29, 2020
I want to be crystal clear: without Chadwick, and what he gave to his character, there is no Shang Chi. Period. My career rides on the coattails of a great man.
I wish I would have had the opportunity to tell him in person – but I’ll fight for him always, my Eternal King.
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) August 29, 2020
It’s hard not to despair right now. pic.twitter.com/QkIKJTp9XC
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) August 29, 2020
I’ll miss waiting to see what he does next. Rest in power. https://t.co/PkRjw4HKSF
— Nia DaCosta (@NiaDaCosta) August 29, 2020
Such a brutal loss. RIP, Chadwick.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 29, 2020
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 29, 2020
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
Devastating news. We lost a great one. Takoto mai rā e Āriki. #chadwickboseman
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) August 29, 2020
Tears overflowing. You will forever be mighty and beloved. Thank you for sharing yourself so powerfully, beautifully and generously in this lifetime. We were lucky to have so much of you. Praying and sending love and many blessings to your family. #LegendsNeverDie #WakandaForever
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) August 29, 2020
Marvel’s rival DC Comics also paid tribute to the fallen king, as did DC movie veterans Viola Davis and Jason Momoa:
To a hero who transcends universes. Wakanda Forever. Rest in Power Chadwick. pic.twitter.com/F5YhIbK4wg
— DC (@DCComics) August 29, 2020
Chadwick…..no 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! pic.twitter.com/6abglPBOsh
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 29, 2020
all my aloha and condolences to his ohana. i’m truly gutted. what a wonderful spirit. i’m so sorry RIP REPOST FROM : @chadwickboseman It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. 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. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. 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. Photo Credit: @samjonespictures
Dwayne Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, Get Out director Jordan Peele, director Ava DuVernay, actor LaKeith Stanfield, pop star Mariah Carey, Marvel Comics writer and filmmaker Greg Pak, and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins also weighed in with tributes to Boseman:
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
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. https://t.co/U3OOnJVS42
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 29, 2020
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…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! /a>
This is a crushing blow.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) August 29, 2020
May you have a beautiful return, King. We will miss you so. pic.twitter.com/jdip3RHoXb
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 29, 2020
This is heartbreaking. Thank you for persevering through it all. You leave behind an incredible body of work and an inspiring legacy. Rest in power. Chadwick Forever. https://t.co/grXopcMLCq
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 29, 2020
BLACK PANTHER wasn’t just a movie. It was a society shifting event that opened a million minds and doors, and its success was driven by Chadwick Boseman’s tremendous presence, spirit, and performance. Rest in peace.
— Greg Pak (@gregpak) August 29, 2020
Eternally in power
— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) August 29, 2020
Netflix, which released Boseman’s most recent movie, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, paid this tribute to him:
A hero in every sense. Rest in power to Chadwick Boseman whose gifts will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/84KwX0N4D8
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) August 29, 2020
Huffington Post writer Matt Jacobs shared this snippet from an interview he did with Chadwick Boseman, where he asked about the physical demands of playing Black Panther. Jacobs had no idea Boseman was suffering from cancer the entire time, and Boseman’s response is heartbreaking:
— Matt Jacobs (@tarantallegra) August 29, 2020
We will be updating this article as more tributes come in.