By Lavie Mutanganshuro
Hollywood icons have paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman- best known for playing King T’Challa in the famous Marvel’s blockbuster movie Black Panther.
Boseman, 43, passed away on Friday, August 28, at his home succumbing to colon cancer that he was diagnosed with since 2016, according to a statement by his family.
Tributes poured in late Friday from fellow actors, athletes, musicians, Hollywood titans, fans and politicians.
Viola Davis, who acted alongside Boseman in “Get On Up” and an upcoming August Wilson adaptation, tweeted: “Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity.”
Disney executive chairman Bob Iger called Boseman “an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met. He brought enormous strength, dignity and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther.”
“Captain America” actor Chris Evans called Boseman “a true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create.”
Chris Hemsworth, the Thor of Avenger movies, wrote: “Gonna miss you mate. Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve met.”
“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.
Chris Pratt, Star-Lord of Avenger movies, tweeted this for Chadwick Boseman: “My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul.”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden lao also tweeted that Boseman “inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes.”
Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. His striking portrayal of the stoic baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in 2013′s “42” drew attention in Hollywood and made him a star.
A year later, he wowed audiences as Brown in the biopic “Get On Up.”
Source New Times.