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

The actor died after a battle with colon cancer.

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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Boseman is survived by his wife, Taylor Simone.