ABC network brought many celebrities on Aug. 30 together to tribute late Chadwick Boseman. The 43-year-old actor died of colon cancer on Aug. 28.
The Black Panther star was honored by various stars such as Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen, Kamala Harris and Oprah Winfrey, and more.
“I didn’t have enough time with Chadwick. I mean that’s a statement I know everyone is making, and everyone can make because he was here far too short,” Cheadle said.
“Chadwick was a deeply kind and gentle person and very present and thoughtful. And those qualities are all so present in his work,” Johansson said.
Jeremy Renner also remembered the actor and said, “Chadwick, my friend, you will forever be remembered by your warm smile, your kind heart, and your fierce courageousness through great adversity.”
“The way he handled his life and managing cancer was such humility and grace and dignity and let us all know he was truly a superhero. He’ll be remembered, cherished, and loved in our hearts, not just for what he was able to offer on films but what he was able to give as a human being. It’s not just a loss we are feeling. We are going to feel his absence,” Winfrey said.
“That his last tweet was to encourage people to exercise their right as citizens to vote, to participate in their democracy, born out of love of country, it’s just so reflective of Chadwick,” Harris shared.
“You were the last person I thought would leave us and could not leave us so soon. I just — you were not just my friend, my hero, you were my superhero and my Black Panther,” Boseman’s Black Panther co-star Winston Duke said.
“He gave all of us and all of our children an example of a great, gracious and humble leader,” Angelina Jolie shared.
Boseman’s death was confirmed through his official social media handle.
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.”