Hollywood stars such as Chris Hemsworth and Denzel Washington have paid tribute after the shock death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.
The 43-year-old died following a four-year battle with colon cancer, which he didn’t make public.
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Washington said in a statement: “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.”
Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel films, said: “Gonna miss you mate. Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest most genuine people I’ve met. Sending love and support to all the family xo RIP.”
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry said: “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.”
Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden also paid tribute to the actor – who found worldwide fame and critical acclaim when Black Panther proved a huge hit in 2020.
Mr Biden wrote on Twitter: “The true power of Chadwick Boseman 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.”
Captain America star Chris Evans said he was “absolutely devastated”.
“He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King,” added Evans.
Bernice King, daughter of civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King, wrote: “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.”
Mark Ruffalo, who starred alongside Boseman in the Marvel films, playing Hulk, said: “It was the highest honour 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.”
Singer John Legend said Boseman “brought grace, elegance and power to everything he did”.
Don Cheadle, who also starred with Boseman in the Marvel films, said: “i will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god … forever and ever …”
Actress Reese Witherspoon wrote on Twitter: “May god bless you and carry you home, Chadwick Boseman.
“We lost one of the greats today. His legacy will live on forever in his beloved films and in the heart of everyone who loved him.”
British Star Wars actor John Boyega, meanwhile, responded to the news by sharing two broken heart emojis and retweeting other tributes to Boseman.
Model and reality star Khloe Kardashian added: “Beyond heartbreaking to hear about Chadwick Boseman passing away. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the ones who are hurting. May God bless us all and May we learn to not take a day for granted. Rest In Peace King!”
Dule Hill, best known for his role in The West Wing, wrote simply: “No Words. Rest In Peace Brother Chadwick. You Did It.”
Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai wrote: “So heartbreaking to read. RIP Chadwick Boseman.”
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