“How do you honour a king?” Danai Gurira asked. Many are still reeling from the lost of Chadwick Boseman, who died from colon cancer last week on 28th August.
While most of the cast from “Avengers” paid their tribute to the 43-year-old actor, his co-stars from “Black Panther” have been struggling “to find the right words” – as pointed out by Michael B. Jordan.
“I always marveled at how special Chadwick was,” Danai – who played the fearsome Dora Milaje member Okoye – penned. “Such a pure hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy. My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence and grace.”
She added, “I can’t even wrap my mind around this loss. A loss resonating in my own heart as well as around the globe. The children he inspired, my heart aches for them, to lose their hero just as they finally found him.” The actress concluded her post with the moving tribute in Xhosa, writing, “Lala Ngoxolo Kumkani,” which translates to “Sleep/rest in peace, King.”
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How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate. I always marveled at how special Chadwick was. Such a pure hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy. My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence and grace. On many an occasion I would think how thankful I was that he was the leading man I was working closely with. A true class act. And so perfectly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading the franchise that changed everything for Black representation. He made everyone feel loved, heard and seen. He played great, iconic roles because he possessed inside of himself that connection to greatness to be able to so richly bring them to life. He had a heroic spirit, and marched to the beat of his own drum; hence his excellence as an artist and the incredible courage and determination as he faced life’s challenges; while still guiding us all. He was zen and sweet and funny (with the very best laugh), attentive, and truly, truly, good. I can’t even wrap my mind around this loss. A loss resonating in my own heart as well as around the globe. The children he inspired, my heart aches for them, to lose their hero just as they finally found him. I am so thankful to have taken the Black Panther journey with him. To have known him, spent time in his light and leadership and to call him forever a friend. Lala Ngoxolo Kumkani.
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I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything. I wish we had more time. One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. I wish we had more time. Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time. I'm more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is! Rest In Power Brother.
“I wish we had more time,” Michael repeated the sentence 3 times. Just hours ago, the 33-year-old star, who brought Killmonger to live on the big screen, shared his emotional tribute. His lengthy post was accompanied with several photos of the two together.
He recalled their last conversations and what an inspiration Chadwick had been. “One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked, and now the truth of that means more to me than ever,” he wrote. “Whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.”
Michael also pointed out that Chadwick’s silent battle with the disease showed how much of a hero his co-star was in real life. The late actor still made movies and even dedicated his time to visit kids who were fighting cancer.
Chadwick’s passing is truly a loss to the world.