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."
I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed. 🤜🏿🤛🏿 https://t.co/8rK4dWmorq
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."
Breaking my twitter silence to share some beauty. This was one of my final texts from the brilliant & once-in-lifetime talent, @chadwickboseman - take this in & celebrate life. He knew how precious every moment was. Tonight the Heavens received one of its most powerful angels. pic.twitter.com/Hj8Cb1IfZS
Your light brightened our days. It will continue to brighten our hearts and minds. Let the heavens be blessed as you illuminate the sky. Sending my love and prayers to the family. May god continue to hold you in his everlasting embrace. RIP Chadwick pic.twitter.com/wIUaooHLqq
What a gentle gifted SOUL. Showing us all that Greatness in between surgeries and chemo. The courage, the strength, the Power it takes to do that. This is what Dignity looks like. https://t.co/U3OOnJVS42
Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/C5xGkUi9oZ
The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.
F*ck this yr. He was battling stage 4 cancer while being our superhero. & to think people made fun of him for the weight loss. The tongue is a powerful weapon. Be wise in how you use it. Hoping he never doubted his royalty. Praying for his family
We are crushed. Marvel has lost a true superhero and friend, but our hearts are heaviest for Chadwick’s family. Chadwick was a singular force whose King T’Challa showed the world the power of good and the meaning of loyalty and friendship. Wakanda forever, my friend.
I never knew you personally, but I have been a fan from the first time I saw you on screen. Your legacy will always live on. You will be missed. Rest in power Chadwick. Sending love to your family and friends in this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/7g4n3uWF9L
I woke up today to the sad news, our super hero passed away. I’m so grateful I got to meet you brother. Thank you for all you have done for us. Rest in Power, you were the best of us and will never be forgotten. Love, light and prayers I send to you and your family pic.twitter.com/9sKD3jZP3G