In the wake of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman’s death from colon cancer on Friday, Hollywood figures took to social media to pay tribute to the actor, who died at age 43 after a four year struggle with the disease.
According to an official statement from the actor’s representatives, Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. The actor died at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his wife and other family members.
“This is a crushing blow,” tweeted director Jordan Peele.
“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Chadwick Boseman, and our dear friend,” said Marvel president Kevin Feige. “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 and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wrote on Twitter, “An immeasurable loss. From “Black Panther” to “Da 5 Bloods,” Chadwick Boseman brought strength and light to the screen, every time.”
Kamala Harris tweeted, “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.”
Denzel Washington said in a statement to THR, “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.”
“Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles,” wrote Halle Berry. “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.”
“It was the highest honor getting to work with you and getting to know you,” wrote Mark Ruffalo. “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.”
“This is such devastating news,” wrote Chris Pratt. “We’re praying for his family. The world has lost an immeasurable talent and a great person.”
(Excerpt) Read more in: The Hollywood Reporter