The actor, who played King T'Challa of Wakanda in four of the MCU's entries, was dealing with colon cancer in private for the last four years. He also appeared as James Brown in Get On Up and starred in Spike Lee's latest film Da 5 Bloods.
Following his death, multiple actors from the Marvel movies have posted words remembering the star, as well as sending their love to his family in a difficult time.
Angela Bassett, who plays T'Challa's mother in the series, led the tributes with a touching story about the two of them. She wrote: "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."
Sterling K Brown, who played T'Challa's uncle N'Jobu in Black Panther, tweeted: "I don't have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed."
I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed. 🤜🏿🤛🏿 https://t.co/8rK4dWmorq— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) August 29, 2020
Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana wrote: "Rest in Power King T'Challa. My heart is so heavy right now. Your passing has hit me hard. I will tell my sons about you forever. You were one of the classiest men I have ever met in my life. It was an honor to have shared minutes with you on screen and to have crossed paths with you during press.
"Though our acquaintance was light you always left a lasting impression because of your energy, poise and gentle manner. May the Universe deliver you to your promise land brother."
Don Cheadle, who starred alongside Boseman in the latest Avengers films as War Machine, tweeted: "I will miss you, birthday brother. You were always light and love to me. My god ... forever and ever."
Kevin Feige, the MCU's chief creative officer, said in a statement: "Chadwick's passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T'Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible.
"He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family."
Bob Iger, who was in charge of Disney when Boseman appeared in the MCU, stated that the actor had "an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met", while fellow Avengers actors Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson and Chris Hemsworth also left beautiful messages in Boseman's memory.
We are all heartbroken by the tragic loss of #chadwickboseman -- 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; shattering myths and stereotypes,— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) August 29, 2020
I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 29, 2020
Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King💙 pic.twitter.com/oBERXlw66Z
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. 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.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
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