The Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, died at the age of 43 after a 4 year battle with colon cancer. A statement was made on his social media account’s reading, “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.”
The actor’s death has left the world in shock and devastation. As many are outpouring their love, appreciation and sympathy towards the late actor, “The Avengers” costars have also publicly expressed their love for him and deeply mourn his loss.
Mark Ruffalo, who plays the role of Hulk in “The Avengers” movie series, was one of the first to make a statement on twitter: “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,” Ruffalo, 52, wrote.”
The Captain America actor, Chris Evans, also went on Twitter to express his sorrow and stated that he is absolutely devastated. His post on twitter went on to read:“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.”
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
Angela Evans, who played the role of Boseman’s mother on screen, left a long and heartfelt message on Instagram about how she first met the Marvel Universe star. She expressed that Boseman and her were meant to be connected, meant to be family from the very beginning.
“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.”
Marvel Universe’s Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson, posted a touching message about Boseman’s commendable character and their fond memories along with a picture of the two Marvel stars posing with each other.
“Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace. 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.”
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) August 29, 2020
Chris Hemsworth and Zoe Saldana both posted on their Instagram profiles expressing their deepest sympathies. Zoe stated that while her “acquaintance was light” with the actor of “Da 5 Bloods”, he had always left a lasting impression on her because of his energy, poise and gentle manner.
Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, left a simple and loving message for his fellow costar, reading, “Gonna miss you mate. Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest most genuine people I’ve met.” He also expressed his love and support towards Boseman’s family. Hemsworth’s post was accompanied by an adorable picture of both the Marvel Universe stars embracing each other while happily smiling at the camera.
Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige also released a statement on Boseman’s passing, which read:
“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.”
“He was our T’Challa.” Better words could not describe who Boseman was to the entire world and what exactly he meant to us.
On this day, together with his costars and fans, we deeply mourn the death of the legendary Chadwick Boseman. He was no ordinary man and went above and beyond in his career to break stereotypes, show true talent and birthed an unforgettable king and superhero into this world.
We thank you for who you are and what you have given this world. Rest in power and rest in peace. Wakanda Forever!