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Hollywood, Celebrities, Sports Stars, Politicians, And More Are Mourning The Death Of Chadwick Boseman

"In power. Eternally in power."

Last updated on August 29, 2020, at 4:19 p.m. ET

Posted on August 28, 2020, at 11:45 p.m. ET

Chadwick Boseman, the star of Black Panther, 42, and other blockbuster movies, died on Friday from colon cancer after first being diagnosed with the disease in 2016.

"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much," a statement on his Twitter account read. "It was the honor of his career to bring to life King T'Challa to life in Black Panther."

Beyond the Marvel Universe, Boseman was beloved for playing Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42, Thurgood Marshall in 2016's Marshall, and most recently the character Stormin' Norman in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, which premiered on Netflix in June.

Hollywood, celebrities, politicians, sports figures, and more mourned his death Friday night with moving messages on social media.

Marvel Studios

Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.

Ava DuVernay

May you have a beautiful return, King. We will miss you so.

Octavia Spencer

Jordan Peele

Brie Larson

Jeffrey Wright

This brother right here. Wow. No words. This life. https://t.co/tjHTMzLi9o

DC Comics

To a hero who transcends universes. Wakanda Forever. Rest in Power Chadwick.

Sterling K. Brown

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

Bernice King

We never know what people are enduring. Humans...we are wonders. Thank you, Chadwick, for gifting us with your greatness in the midst of a painful struggle. #ChadwickBoseman

Barry Jenkins

Mark Ruffalo

@chadwickboseman It was the highest honor getting to work with you and getting to know you. What a generous and sincere human being. You believed in the sacred nature of the work and gave your all. Much love to your family. And much love from all of us left here.

Dwyane Wade

Rest in Heaven 👑 https://t.co/3kDVUvdjEY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

An immeasurable loss. From "Black Panther" to "Da 5 Bloods," Chadwick Boseman brought strength and light to the screen, every time.

Mariah Carey

This is heartbreaking. Thank you for persevering through it all. You leave behind an incredible body of work and an inspiring legacy. Rest in power. Chadwick Forever. https://t.co/grXopcMLCq

Robert Iger

We are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of #chadwickboseman -- an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met. He brought enormous strength, dignity and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther; shattering myths and stereotypes,

Ryan Reynolds

Martin Lawrence

I am beyond shocked to hear of the passing of Chadwick Boseman. He had an amazing energy that you could feel when you were with him. Much love and prayers to his family. May he Rest In Peace.

LeBron James

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.

Halle Berry

Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles. 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 #ChadwickBoseman

Chris Evans

I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking. 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💙


Gabrielle Union

Truly a gentleman superstar on screen and in life. Pure excellence and class and grace. https://t.co/yTCGrwZaJM


Kerry Washington

A warrior of light til the very end. A true king. I am without words. May he rise in power. https://t.co/50nfbvZpAq

Kendrick Sampson

Chadwick Boseman, I pray you are at peace. I’m heartbroken you’re gone but I’m grateful you got the fuck out of here. I know you are in a better place - a place of power. ✊🏽You are now among our ancestors. Thank you for your essence. Thank you for your presence. #ChadwickBoseman

Taika Waititi

Devastating news. We lost a great one. Takoto mai rā e Āriki. #chadwickboseman

Viola Davis

Chadwick.....no words to express my devastation of losing you. 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! 💛💛💛

John Legend

I’m so shocked and heartbroken about Chadwick. He was such a bright light, such a gifted performer. He brought grace, elegance and power to everything he did. He always seemed to carry our ancestors with him. And now he joins them far too soon.

Kamala Harris

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.

Angela Bassett

Don Cheadle

i will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god ... ✌🏿♥️✊🏿 🙅🏿‍♂️ forever and ever ... https://t.co/9pORaKZuQN

Whoopi Goldberg

1 of my all time favorite people on the planet Chadwick Boseman has passed away after a 4 years of fighting cancer. An wonderful actor & a truly nice man. R.IP. condolences to his family

Barack Obama

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. https://t.co/KazXV1e7l7

Lewis Hamilton

I want to dedicate this pole to Chadwick. What he accomplished and the legacy he left is so incredible to me. He’s inspired a whole generation of young black men and women and provided them with a true superhero to look up to. Rest in power my friend.#WakandaForever #blackpanther

Russo Brothers

Chadwick was such an elegant man with great integrity and tremendous talent. He inspired an entire generation to stand up and be king. Honor him by emulating him-show kindness and love to others. Share your talents in ways that impact. Always strive to be a light in the darkness.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley

He was a King long before he played one on the screen. @kendrick38 often says, "there can be no revolution without art." #ChadwickBoseman was a generous & responsible steward of his gift, using it to advance the revolution & the culture.


Correction: Dwyane Wade's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.


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