Hollywood reacts to Chadwick Boseman’s death

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Hail to the King: Hollywood reacts to Chadwick Boseman’s death

Last night brought the shocking news that actor Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther, 42, 21 bridges) tragically died at the age of 43. According to his family, the actor was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, but has never spoken publicly about his fight. Now Boseman’s friends, fans and contemporaries in Hollywood are reacting to the news of an extremely talented actor taken far too young.

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“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther and our dear friend, ”Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and Creative Director at Marvel said in a statement Friday night. “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 and kind, powerful and strong as any person he represented. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family mourn their loss deeply, and we mourn with their family tonight.

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“It was supposed to be for Chadwick and I to be connected, for us to be 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 all time! 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. I therefore pay homage to a beautiful spirit, to an accomplished artist, to a moving brother… “you are not dead but stolen away…”. Everything you owned, Chadwick, you gave freely. Rest now, sweet prince. #WakandaForever

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