'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler Says Chadwick Boseman 'Shielded His Collaborators From His Suffering'

attends the European Premiere of 'Black Panther' at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England.

'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler Says Chadwick Boseman 'Shielded His Collaborators From His Suffering'

"He was an epic firework display."

Published August 30th

Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday (August 29) at age 43 after a four year battle with colon cancer. The tragic news was confirmed via the actor’s official Instagram. 

Arguably, the actor’s most influential role was as King T’Challa in Black Panther. Boseman’s co-stars and colleagues from the film have started sharing their personal tributes to the actor.

From Sterling K. Brown to Forest Whitaker, here are the statements from the Black Panther squad:

  1. Ryan Coogler
  2. Letitia Wright
  3. Sterling K Brown
  4. Forest Whitaker
  5. Angela Bassett
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    “It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day. And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever! We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs, preparing for the day together as mother and son. I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother...”thou aren’t not dead but flown afar...”. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.” #WakandaForever

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  6. Louis D'Esposito (Marvel Studios Co-President)
  7. Hannah Beachler (Black Panther production designer)

(Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)


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