Following the heartbreaking loss of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, tributes have been flooding in from all around the world.
And now, it has just emerged that Hollywood legend, Denzel Washington secretly paid for Boseman to study at a prestigious acting school at Oxford University...
The tragic news came in over the weekend that Chadwick Boseman has passed away.The heartbreaking news of Chadwick Boseman's death was unveiled by his family as they posted on his many social media channels on August 28th.
A statement was released confirming his passing.The statement read, "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman." It also explained that the actor had been battling colon cancer for 4 years since his diagnosis in 2016.
Boseman was a true icon.
via: IMDBBoth on-screen and off-screen, his career was truly remarkable.
He starred in many films and TV shows...
But his career was only just starting to take off.
However, his most famous role?
via: IMDBOf course, it was as the main role in Black Panther as T'Challa / Black Panther.
Boseman played Black Panther in 4 films...
via: IMDBIncluding in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and was a huge inspiration and superhero for children and adults far and wide.
Black Pather completely revolutionized the film industry.
And even outside of the storyline, this movie broke barriers.
In the past, we struggled to see such overwhelming representation.
via: IMDBThe genre typically upholds traditional superhero visuals, as seen with Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, and Batman, just to name a select few...
But Black Panther saw a whole new story brought to life.
And one of the main reasons for this was the cast members...
But the star of the show was none other than Chadwick Boseman...The Guardian described him as a man who helped to "[open] up people's minds."
He was one of a kind...
via: GettyAnd fans loved his optimism and eagerness to change the standards of Hollywood.
But sadly, in more recent times, fans began talking about how Boseman looked unwell.
Thousands were worried for Boseman, but few knew the reality.
i really hope chadwick boseman is ok, i saw he looked really thin during all star weekend. very wonderful thing he… https://t.co/sDecT8egiQ— nigpolyta (@nigpolyta)1587065408.0
Fans thought the weight loss was just preparation for an upcoming role...
Unfortunately, that wasn’t at all the case and the reality was much grimmer.
via: GettyConfirming his passing on August 28th, a statement written by his family read: "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much."
The statement concluded:
Countless fans and celebrities have been paying tribute to the great man.
The Avengers cast also paid a huge tribute to Boseman.
I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply c… https://t.co/4dCDZwZprh— Chris Evans (@Chris Evans)1598671863.0
Mark Ruffalo, who played Hulk in the Avengers series, paid a long tribute to Boseman.
@chadwickboseman It was the highest honor getting to work with you and getting to know you. What a generous and sin… https://t.co/4zgoaVllMK— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo)1598670616.0
And now, Denzel Washington has spoken out...
via: GettyBut he disclosed a lot more than just a tribute for the late actor.
The Training Day star spoke candidly to the Hollywood Reporter about his relationship with Boseman.
via: Getty"He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career," he said.
Following this candid talk, an old story reemerged of Washington's kindness.
It was only when his teacher, Phylicia Rashad, encouraged other actors to help fund the trip that he and his classmates were able to attend...
For some time, Boseman refused to reveal the names of the people who supported the trip...
via: GettyBut it was only at an American Film Institute dinner honoring Washington when was able to thank him. Boseman said: "I know personally that your generosity extends past what you have given on the stage and screen. Many of you already know the story that Mr. Washington, when asked by Phylicia Rashad to join her in assisting nine theater students from Howard University who had been accepted to a summer acting program at the British Academy of Dramatic Acting in Oxford."
"He gracefully and privately agreed to contribute. As fate would have it, I was one of the students that he paid for."
via: GettyBoseman then said: "There is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington."