Late Actor, Chadwick Boseman Honored by Family, Friends and Fans on What Would’ve Been His 44th Birthday
“Chadwick Boseman would have turned 44 years old today. Happy Birthday, King. God Bless You. Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world. RIP.”
Today, all around the world, family, friends, and fans alike have taken to social media to honor the memory of Chadwick Boseman on what would have been his 44th birthday.
Chadwick had died on Aug. 28 at the age of 43. The actor’s representatives shared the news in a heartfelt tribute on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. They revealed the Marshall star had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and had battled it as it progressed to stage IV.
In honor of the Black Panther star’s birthday on Sunday, his friends and family members shared touching tributes to Chadwick on their respective social media handles.
Without directly mentioning the actor’s death, his brother Kevin shared a photo of white flowers, writing, “Today is a good day to give someone their flowers.”
Walt Disney executive Bob Iger on Sunday announced on Twitter that the streaming platform had updated the Marvel introduction in Black Panther to show a tribute to Boseman, who played the beloved King T’Challa.
“To all fans of #BlackPanther: watch the film on #DisneyPlus late tonight, for a special tribute to someone that was and will always be near and dear to our hearts,” Iger wrote on Twitter.
The new intro starts with the iconic Marvel comic-book opening before showing concept art from Black Panther and footage from Boseman’s appearances in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
“In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers,” read a quote by Boseman’s T’Challa from when he addresses the UN Assembly during the post-credit of Black Panther.
Boseman’s stylist, Ashley Weston, also remembered the late star with a heartfelt tribute.
“I miss you every day, but I know you’re with our ancestors looking over us,” she wrote alongside a slideshow of some of the actor’s most memorable looks. “And I know I’ll always feel your spirit and love around me…but damn, I wish you were still here with us all.”
“Until we reunite again, Happy birthday to my forever Muse and King,” she added.
Selma costar Common wrote in his own post, “Chadwick Boseman would have turned 44 years old today. Happy Birthday, King. God Bless You. Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world. RIP.”
Boseman’s Black Panther costar, Lupita Nyong’o, shared a photo of the duo on Instagram. “Deeply loved, sorely missed. #ChadwickBoseman,” she wrote
Earlier this month, the actor earned his first posthumous award nomination for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which will be released on Netflix next month.
“After screening this with him, I told him he was about to get all the nominations,” his brother Kevin wrote of the news. “I was so faithful he’d be here to experience this moment.”
“Congratulations, Baby Brother,” he added.
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