But upon news of his death, his colleagues and friends pay homage to someone they considered a hero in his own right. A man who fought a private health battle for four years while also producing the kind of powerful and important work some actors can only hope to produce in a much longer life than Boseman had.
Here are some of their thoughts.
“Viscid by your loss. We needed you now more than ever. I loved you, man. We’ve all done it. You will miss us.
This man made sure that our heroes would live forever.
Heroes like: Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and James Brown. You loved us.
We all love. “
Sterling K. Brown
” I have no words. Rest in peace, Bruh. Thank you for everything you did while you were here. Thanks for being a friend. You are loved. You will miss us. “- via Twitter
“My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his immense talent. May God have his soul. “- via Instagram
“I will miss you, birthday brother.” You have always been gentle and loving to me. my god… forever and ever… ”
Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios and Creative Director at Marvel
“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther and our dear friend. Every time he stepped on set he radiated charisma and joy, and every time he appeared on screen he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and no one was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart, kind, powerful and strong as anyone he represented. He now takes his place alongside them as the icon of the Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss and we mourn with his family tonight. – via a statement to CNN
“All I have to say is the tragedies that are piling up this year were only made worse by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the greatest of all time and your greatness was just beginning. Lord, I love you. Rest in power, king. “- via Twitter
“A warrior of light until the very end. A real king. I am speechless. Let him rise to power. “- via Instagram
“Here is an incredible man of immeasurable talent, who has looked into life regardless of his personal battles. You never really know what the people around you might be going through – treat them kindly and cherish every minute you spend together. RIP #ChadwickBoseman ”- via Twitter
“I will tell my sons about you forever. You were one of the most stylish 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 the press. Although our knowledge was light, you always left a lasting impression because of your energy, poise and gentleness. May the Universe deliver you to your promised earth brother. “- via Instagram
“Live your legacy now.
rest well behaved.
the respect. “
“Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace. Who was more than himself. Who took the time to really see how you were doing and gave words of encouragement when you were feeling unsure. I am honored to have the memories I have. The conversations, the laughter. My heart is with you and your family. We will miss you and you will never forget them. Rest in power and in peace my friend. “- via Instagram
“All my aloha and condolences to his ohana.” I am really drained. What a wonderful spirit. I’m so sorry RIP ”- via Instagram
“Chadwick Boseman. So immensely talented but even more incredibly impactful for so many people. This world needed you. Thank you for everything you have given us throughout your fight. Grace and strength beyond measure. Rest in power and in peace to one of the greatest of it. generation and many others. Crushed. #RIP “- via Instagram”
“” I am absolutely devastated. It is beyond heartbreak.
Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He still had so much incredible work to create. I am infinitely grateful for our friendship. Stay in power, king. “- via Twitter
“Our hearts are broken and our hearts go out to the family of Chadwick Boseman. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace. “- via Twitter
“Devastating. I have no words, just love and tears at the moment. Sending all that love to his family and all the movie families who had the pleasure of working alongside this handsome man. Rest my friend @chadwickboseman ”- via Instagram
“It was supposed to be for Chadwick and I to be connected, so that we were family. But what many don’t know is that our story began long before his historic turning point as the Black Panther. On Black Panther’s first night, 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 accompany me that day. And here we are, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night of my life! We had spent weeks getting ready, working, sitting side by side every morning on make-up chairs, getting ready for the day together as mother and son. I am honored that we enjoyed this full circle experience. The dedication of this young man was impressive, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay homage to a beautiful spirit, an accomplished artist, a touching brother… “You are not dead but stolen away…” All you had, Chadwick, you freely given. Rest now, sweet prince. “- via Instagram
“One of my all-time favorite people on the planet Chadwick Boseman has passed away after 4 years of battling cancer. A wonderful actor and a really nice man. RIP. Condolences to his family ”- via Twitter