Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43: Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey and More Celebs Pay Tribute to Actor

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Celebrities and fans alike are paying tribute to Chadwick Boseman after it was revealed on Friday that the acclaimed actor died after a battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

The Black Panther star was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago but never publicly spoke about his illness. He died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, per a statement on his Instagram.

The news of Boseman's passing has left his former co-stars, friends and fans in shock, many not knowing the actor was battling cancer.

Denzel Washington reacted to the news in a statement to ET that reads, "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. God bless Chadwick Boseman."

Stevie Wonder also called Boseman, "A great human being, who while silently suffering with terminal cancer, still used his talent to be a vessel, which he would with that God given gift,
inspire, encourage and motivate a people and the entire world to be better someones, a better place for everyone, to get us all to a higher ground. Please let us love on his Dear Wife and Family. Wakanda Forever!!!"

Sterling K. Brown, who starred in Black Panther alongside Boseman, took to Twitter to express his sadness. "I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here," he wrote. "Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed."


Former President Barack Obama also recalled when Boseman visited the White House, writing, "Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years."

Kerry Washington wrote: "A warrior of light til the very end. A true king. I am without words. May he rise in power."

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I totally forgot that Chad reposted this. It was a magical night DJing the @ChrisRock tribute that @davechappelle threw. Chadwick will be missed. He was a real life superhero. #DNicePhotography #Repost @chadwickboseman #Repost @djdnice ・・・ There are times when I find it completely mind blowing that DJing has provided me with some amazing memories. I had that thought again on Sunday night in Los Angeles after the NBA All-star game. Dave Chappelle & @Netflix threw a party for @ChrisRock to celebrate the release of his comedy special, “#Tambourine.” I was lucky enough to provide the soundtrack to the night. People, please believe me when I say this, Dave Chappelle’s parties are the most soulful events I’ve ever played. The constant interaction between me, @FredYonnet and The Band With No Name makes the night so much fun and unpredictable. You’ll never know who will join the band on stage. Sunday night’s surprise and completely spontaneous performers were @Usher, @Common, @Ludacris, @RobertGlasper, Thundercat, and @Goapele. It was a jam session! There were so many incredible moments from the night. At one point, Chris Tucker was standing next to me in the DJ booth. He was so caught up in the spirit of the night and wanted to perform too. He asked me which Michael Jackson song he should perform and I suggested, “I Can’t Help It.” He replied, “That’s it!” He ran over to the stage. After Dave introduced him, he told a joke and said, “Dave I wanna perform too. D-Nice, drop the record, man.” As I spun MJ’s song, Fred and the band quickly picked up on it and started to jam. As I faded the song, Chris started to sing. By the time he reached the second chorus, Fred secretly handed Stevie Wonder his mic and Stevie, who actually wrote the song, started performing it with Chris Tucker. What a night! The second moment that stood out was when Dave said, “Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise for the Black Panther.” While his movie was breaking box office records, @chadwickboseman was partying with us. Now, that’s a party. Thank you @carla_sims and #TeamChappelle for another great event. #aNiceLife #BrandNice #dnicephotography 🙅🏽‍♂️ #WakandaForever

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Boseman is survived by his wife, Taylor Simone. 

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