Yesterday, heartbreaking news shocked the world. Chadwick Boseman, the iconic actor and star of the film Black Panther had tragically passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Following the heartbreaking news of his death, thousands of celebrities and fans of Boseman's have come forward to pay their respects.
LeBron James was one of those who paid tribute to Chadwick by performing the Wakanda Forever salute before the Lakers game.
Keep scrolling to check it out.
Rest in peace.
Chadwick Boseman has tragically passed away.The heartbreaking news of Chadwick Boseman's death was unveiled by his family as they posted on his many social media channels.
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 claimed he had cancer for four years.Starting back in 2016 when Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer. The same cancer continuously got worse, before eventually claiming his life.
Boseman was an icon.Both on screen and off screen, however as an actor his career was truly remarkable.
He starred in so many films and TV shows.And in a serious variety of genres. From playing James Brown in the biopic Get On Up, to the ancient Egyptian deity Thoth in Gods of Egypt.
But his career was only just really taking off.
https://t.co/aZ2JzDf5ai— Chadwick Boseman (@Chadwick Boseman)1598667110.0
However his most famous role...Is of course as the main role in Black Panther as T'Challa / Black Panther.
Boseman played Black Panther in four films.He played it 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.
We'd never seen anything like this before.
And even outside of the storyline, this movie broke barriers.
In the past, we struggled to see such overwhelming representation.
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."
Boseman added so much to the film.
He even opened up about the pressure that came about with such a big role.
"So you have to get it right."
Boseman had to bulk up before filming the movie.
Boseman was no different.
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 weightloss was just a movie.
However unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and the reality was much grimmer.
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.
The statement concluded:
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.
Countless fans and celebrities have been paying tribute to the great man.
Angela Bassett’s touching message about Chadwick💔 https://t.co/3xswOcnntE— Makho Ndlovu (@Makho Ndlovu)1598673013.0
This young man's dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal... All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.
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
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
Chris Pratt wrote:
My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul… https://t.co/Leqp0cKzzg— chris pratt (@chris pratt)1598671534.0
My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul. #wakandaforever
Brie Larson said that Boseman radiated power and peace.
💔 https://t.co/Y8ZbFdpHCe— Brie Larson (@Brie Larson)1598670175.0
Who stood for so much more than himself. Rest in peace and power my friend.
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
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.
All of Hollywood is devastated.
Such a brutal loss. RIP, Chadwick.— Ryan Reynolds (@Ryan Reynolds)1598670038.0
Such a brutal loss. RIP, Chadwick.Whereas singer, Rita Ora, wrote:
A superhero on and off screen. Sending my love to the family and friends of Chadwick Boseman. Rest in peace.
Marvel Studios president and CCO Kevin Feige called Boseman's death "absolutely devastating".
Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible...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.
Thousands of fans also paid tribute to the late star.
"Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time." Joe Biden releases a statement following the d… https://t.co/pHzflnosQb— ABC News (@ABC News)1598704491.0
This slaps harder now that we know he was suffering from cancer himself all along. While he fight for himself, he helped others fight through theirs. A true king! Rest In Peace Chadwick Boseman
He never hinted at his own suffering, at least not publicly; just spoke to the pain and needs of others. To think o… https://t.co/gV8NxAxltA— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1598703940.0
What an amazing man Chadwick Boseman was. He knew the exact words to say on stage, interviews. Always had a smile & the ability to make others smile to. This year has been so depressing for all of us, but this news of Chadwick death is my low point.
Timothee Chalamet wrote:
REST IN POWER CHADWICK BOSEMAN— Timothée Chalamet (@Timothée Chalamet)1598697734.0
REST IN POWER CHADWICK BOSEMAN
Internet celebrity, Jack Septic Eye, called him an incredible talented actor.
RIP Chadwick Boseman. An incredibly talented actor who was doing so much amazing work on and off screen. A really i… https://t.co/6cr7LbNMBX— Jacksepticeye (@Jacksepticeye)1598697470.0
RIP Chadwick Boseman. An incredibly talented actor who was doing so much amazing work on and off screen. A really inspiring person. This one hurts man, fuck cancer.
But basketball legend, LeBron James' tribute was particularly moving.
"To lose the Black Panther and the Black Mamba in the same year, we can all agree that 2020 is the s--ttiest year."… https://t.co/SzyTcgBxav— Bleacher Report (@Bleacher Report)1598764716.0
He made the Wakanda Forever salute.
.@KingJames paid respect to Chadwick Boseman before last night's Game 5 https://t.co/lOurIDwd41— NBA on TNT (@NBA on TNT)1598792401.0
People also began looking back through Boseman's Instagram.
Just last month he was playing pranks.
He also shared a Black Lives Matter post.
His second to last post is particularly upsetting.
But the upsetting thing...Is his hashtag #WhenWeAllVote. It's evident that Chadwick had every intention to vote before he passed away.
Fans have also been watching an old interview of his.And the interview is particularly moving as it's about two young fans of his who had terminal cancer. What wasn't known at the time was that Boseman was also battling the disease at the same time.
The kids were desperate to watch Black Panther.In the interview Boseman says:
Their parents said, 'They're trying to hold on till this movie comes'.
To a certain degree, you hear them say that and you're like, 'Wow. I gotta get up and go to the gym. I gotta get up and go to work. I gotta learn these lines. I gotta work on this accent'.
"To a certain degree, it's a humbling experience."
Because you're like, 'This can't mean that much to them.' You know? But seeing how the world has taken this on; seeing how the movement and how it's taken on a life of its own, I realize that they anticipated something great.
He added:I think back now to a kid, and just you know, waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come, waiting for a toy that I was going to get a chance to experience, or a video game. I did live life waiting for those moments. And so, it put me back in the mind of being a kid just to experience those two little boys anticipation of this movie. And when I found out that they... Boseman then broke down in tears, recalling the boys' deaths.
Now it has emerged that Boseman's final tweet has become the most liked of all time.
Incredible words from an inspiration to so many. RIP #ChadwickBoseman 🙏🏾 https://t.co/E7KHivruFE— Daymond John (@Daymond John)1598715303.0
It's currently got around 6.7 million likes.
Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away t… https://t.co/YZdYRPS3Kj— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1598711983.0
It shattered the previous record.
https://t.co/aZ2JzDf5ai— Chadwick Boseman (@Chadwick Boseman)1598667110.0
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.
Barack's tweet has four million likes.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." https://t.co/InZ58zkoAm— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1502582769.0
He will be sorely missed.
#SundayMorning Passage: Remembering Chadwick Boseman The star of "Black Panther" died at age 43, following a four-… https://t.co/93UvwsEM8i— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBS Sunday Morning 🌞)1598793672.0