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On Friday night, the fandom community and the world at large was blindsided by the news that actor Chadwick Boseman, who made an immeasurable cultural impact in the role of T’Challa/The Black Panther, died at the age of 43 from a private battle with colon cancer.

Boseman appeared as T’Challa in a total of four Marvel Studios movies — Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

Many of Boseman’s Marvel costars appeared in video tributes for the actor that aired this weekend. Last night, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, and Elizabeth Olsen were among those who appeared in Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King, a 20/20 memorial special that is available to watch now on Hulu.

Marvel Studios also published a video tribute to Boseman, utilizing behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

Throughout the weekend, many of Boseman’s co-stars, directors, and producers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe also shared tributes to the star’s life, impact, and friendship on social media. Here are some of the emotional statements that have been published so far:

Michael B. Jordan

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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.

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Danai Gurira

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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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Ryan Coogler

Coogler, who directed Black Panther, does not have a social media presence. However, he released a lengthy statement to the press about Boseman, which you can read here.


Letitia Wright


Sterling K. Brown


Angela Bassett

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“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. I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother…”thou aren’t not dead but flown afar…”. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.” #WakandaForever

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Brie Larson


Robert Downey Jr.


Don Cheadle


Jeremy Renner


Zoe Saldana


Tessa Thompson

 


Forest Whitaker


Mark Ruffalo


Chris Evans


Chris Hemsworth


Chris Pratt


The Russo Brothers


Sebastian Stan


Paul Bettany


Andy Serkis


Tom Holland


Josh Brolin


Samuel L. Jackson


Cobie Smulders


Gwyneth Paltrow


Taika Waititi