Emotional tributes from celebrities, family, and friends have poured in after news that actor Chadwick Boseman has died at 43. The actor best known for playing King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther movie, died Friday of colon cancer, according to his family.
Boseman’s medical condition was not publicly known. A statement says he was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and filmed many movies “during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
Scores of celebrities and fans have chimed in online to honor the Black Panther star.
“What a gentle gifted soul. Showing us all that greatness between surgeries and chemotherapy. This is what dignity looks like,” wrote TV star and author Oprah Winfrey.
“All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of Chadwick Boseman. 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,” tweeted Mark Ruffalo, who features as Hulk in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.
Director Ava DuVernay wrote “may you have a beautiful return, King.”