Beyonce, Obamas, Downey and more honour 'Black Panther' actor Chadwick Boseman

  • The star of ‘Da 5 Bloods’ and baseball star Jackie Robinson biopic ‘42’ died on August 28 after a private battle with colon cancer
  • He gained widespread fame after being cast as King T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died of cancer at the age of 43 on August 28. (Photo: AP)

Online tributes have poured from celebrities after the death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. The 43-year-old's death was announced on August 28 after a four-year private battle with colon cancer.

Here are some of the ways they paid homage to the actor.

Former US President Barack Obama


A tribute was posted on her website

Rest gently, King. Chadwick Boseman.

Beyonce paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman with a touching message.

Scarlett Johansson

“Chadwick was not only a deeply soulful and powerful actor, but he was such a kind, thoughtful, funny and gentle person. He brightened every ones day every time he walked into our hair and makeup trailer or on set with his beautiful smile.”

Robert Downey Jr.

Michelle Obama, former first lady

I’ll always remember watching Chadwick in 42. Barack and I were alone in the White House, on a weekend night with the girls away. I was so profoundly moved by the rawness and emotion in the barrier-breaking story. And not long after, when he came to meet with young people in the State Dining Room, I saw that Chadwick’s brilliance on screen was matched by a warmth and sincerity in person. There’s a reason he could play Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and King T’Challa with such captivating depth and honesty. He, too, knew what it meant to truly persevere. He, too, knew that real strength starts inside. And he, too, belongs right there with them as a hero—for Black kids and for all of our kids. There’s no better gift with which to grace our world.

Stevie Wonder

“A great human being, who while silently suffering with terminal cancer, still used his talent to be a vessel, which he would with that God given gift, inspire, encourage and motivate a people and the entire world to be better someones, a better place for everyone, to get us all to a higher ground. Please let us love on his Dear Wife and Family. Wakanda Forever!!!”

Six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen

Josh Gad, Boseman’s co-star in Marshall

This was one of my final texts from the brilliant & once-in-lifetime talent, @chadwickboseman - take this in & celebrate life. He knew how precious every moment was. Take none of it for granted.

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. Few performers have such power and versatility. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in power, King.

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