Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther” star, has died at age 43 after a 4-year battle with colon cancer.
The news was confirmed via a statement on the actor’s social media pages. The actor, who played Jackie Robinson in the movie “42,” passed away on Jackie Robinson Day.
His family released a statement, saying “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”
They continue that “it was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side”
In his last social media post, Boseman celebrated Kamala Harris’ Vice Presidential nom, urging his followers to vote.
Added Joe Biden, “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.”
As soon as the heartbreaking news broke, more of the actor’s costars, friends and celebrity fans all took to social media to share their tributes to the late star.
In the Marvel family, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Chris Hemsworth, “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista, “Black Panther” costar Sterling K. Brown, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Brie Larson all shared their tributes.
“I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking,” tweeted Evans. “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”
“I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh,” wrote Brown. “Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed.”
“Gonna miss you mate,” wrote Hemsworth. “Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest most genuine people I’ve met. Sending love and support to all the family.”
“This is such devastating news. We’re praying for his family,” wrote Pratt. “The world has lost an immeasurable talent and a great person.”
“All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman,” wrote Ruffalo. “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.”
“i will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me,” wrote Cheadle.
Added Larson, “Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace. Who stood for so much more than himself. Who took the time to really see how you were doing and gave words of encouragement when you felt unsure. I’m honored to have the memories I have. The conversations, the laughter. My heart is with you and your family. You will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in power and peace my friend.”
“Rest in Power King T’Challa,” tweeted Saldana. “My heart is so heavy right now. Your passing has hit me hard. I will tell my sons about you forever. You were one of the classiest men I have ever met in my life. It was an honor to have shared minutes with you on screen and to have crossed paths with you during press. Though our acquaintance was light you always left a lasting impression because of your energy, poise and gentle manner. May the Universe deliver you to your promise land brother.”
Josh Brolin added, “I am absolutely floored. Such an amazing, beautiful person.”
Marvel head Kevin Feige released a statement saying, “Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart as and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages.”
Walt Disney Studios, Marvel and the Black Panther account all shared the same message, writing: “Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.”
“What a gentle gifted SOUL,” tweeted Oprah Winfrey. “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.”
“In power,” tweeted director Barry Jenkins, “Eternally in power” — while Jordan Peele said Boseman’s death was “a crushing blow.”
“So completely devastating hearing about the death of @chadwickboseman at 43 due to colon cancer,” wrote Al Roker. “His performances were empowering and honest. From Jackie Robinson to Thurgood Marshall to Black Panther, he inspired so many. #restinpeace #restinpower“
“Such a brutal loss,” wrote Ryan Reynolds. “RIP, Chadwick.”
“I am heartbroken. Truly heartbroken. This makes no sense.None of this makes sense,” tweeted Yvette Nicole Brown. “NOTHING THIS YEAR MAKES ANY SENSE!!!!!!!!!! DAMMIT!”
She added, “To hear that @chadwickboseman valiantly fought cancer for four years, FOUGHT to live to see another day and some selfish people in this nation won’t even #WearAMask to possibly save another or themselves?!”
“Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned all the way into life regardless of his personal battle behind the scenes,” wrote Halle Berry. “May we take this as a reminder that you never truly know what the people around you might be going through – treat them with kindness and cherish every minute you have together. RIP”
Wrote Jamie Foxx, “Please Jesus please… I know you know what’s best… but at this moment our hearts are writhing with so much pain… so to lose this beautiful black king renders me weak…please watch over his family and loved ones…. @chadwickboseman you have touched the lives of all of us… u will forever be remembered in the highest regard… REST IN POWER! our black king! Our black panther!”
“F*ck this yr,” write Jurnee Smollett. “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 Long live the king #ripchadwick“
“CANCEL EVERYTHING. MY GODDDDDDDDD,” wrote Janelle Monae.
“Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you,” tweeted Viola Davis, his costar in the upcoming Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” She added, “Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity … It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you….Rest well prince…May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you!”
“Heartbreaking,” tweeted Gabourey Sidibe. “The loss of Chadwick Boseman life and light. The 4 year battle in secret. It’s all heartbreaking. Just heartbreaking.”
“Insecure” star Issa Rae posted, “What the fuck is happening? My God,” following it up with another post reading, “This broke me.”
“This brother right here. Wow. No words. This life,” tweeted “Westworld” star Jeffrey Wright. Added Jake Tapper, “I just heard that Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer. Such horrible news. He was such an incredibly talented actor and lovely person. He played Jackie Robinson in ’42’ and we hear this horrible news on Jackie Robinson day. So awful. Life is short. Be kind.”
“Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, per reports. During that time, he gave us Civil War, Marshall, Black Panther, Infinity War, Endgame, 21 Bridges and Da 5 Bloods,” wrote Jemele Hill. “Lord only knows what he was going through on a daily basis.”
“man. speechless,” tweeted Mike Colter. “You were a king on and off screen. it doesn’t seem real. you were like a comet that flew by so fast. you will be missed brother. rest easy”
Zachary Levi shared his tribute on Instagram, writing, “I didn’t know him as well as I wish I could have, but every interaction we shared was full of kindness, depth, and warmth. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they navigate this new and uncharted road ahead. Rest in power #chadwickboseman. Thank you for the light you shared and shined. #wakandaforever”
Kendrick Sampson also posted on Instagram. “You’ve gotta be f–king kidding me. F–k this f–ked up ass year. Praying for all of your loved ones. Praying for us. Black people – feel what you feel, take care of each other. Hold space for self. For love. For grief,” he wrote. “I know – we already were in grieving, this whole f–king year.”
“this is too heartbreaking. gone way too soon,” wrote The Weeknd. On his page, Jason Momoa posted, “all my aloha and condolences to his ohana. i’m truly gutted. what a wonderful spirit. i’m so sorry RIP.”
Harris reacted to his death on Friday evening, tweeting, “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.”