Several stars took to social media on Saturday, August 28, to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman on the first anniversary of the Black Panther star’s death.
Chadwick, who died aged 43 following a four-year battle with colon cancer, filmed movies in between surgeries and chemotherapy sessions without publicly disclosing his condition.
He was best known for playing King T’Challa in the groundbreaking Marvel movie Black Panther. The film made history not only for being the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but also for having a majority black cast, paying tribute to African culture and heritage, and honoring the struggles of African-Americans in the United States.
Lupita Nyong’o, who played Nakia opposite Chadwick in Black Panther, wrote about the actor’s silent presence and his laughter.
“I did not know that I could miss both his laughter and his silence in equal measure. I do. I do. One year after his passing, the memory of [Chadwick Boseman] remains this alive in me,” she said.
Michael B. Jordan, who played Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, said, “Not a day goes by bro. Love and miss you but I know you still with us.”
Kerry Washington also uploaded a photo of Chadwick doing the “Wakanda Forever” salute. “One year without Chadwick Boseman. Thank you for watching over us. We miss you King.”
Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk, wrote “Can’t believe how fast time has gone. Thinking of you today.”
Marvel Entertainment also remembered Chadwick on his death anniversary. “Honoring our friend, our inspiration, and our King, Chadwick Boseman.”
Viola Davis, who starred alongside Chadwick in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, shared a photo of herself and the late actor from the set. “This day last year, you left this earth and us. Man, you are missed!”
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was Chadwick’s last film before his passing. He received a posthumous Golden Globe win and a Best Actor nomination at the 2021 Oscars.
Josh Gad called his Marshall co-actor an angel in a touching tribute.
“Not a day goes by one year later, where it doesn’t still hurt. But in the darkness, he always reminds us of the light. He was an angel on this planet and is now a Saint on high. Love you and miss you more than ever… forever,” he said.
Chadwick is also known for his performances as baseball star Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42, and funk singer James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up. – Rappler.com