Danai Gurira paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman following recent news that the actor died at 43 after privately battling colon cancer for four years. Danai, who appeared as Okoye in Black Panther alongside Chadwick, wrote in a statement shared to Instagram on Aug. 30, “How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate.”
Danai went on to praise Chadwick’s “pure hearted,” “generous,” and “zen” spirit, as well as his acting talents. “He played great, iconic roles because he possessed inside of himself that connection to greatness to be able to so richly bring them to life,” she said. “He had a heroic spirit, and marched to the beat of his own drum; hence his excellence as an artist and the incredible courage and determination as he faced life’s challenges; while still guiding us all.”
In addition to her moving words, Danai shared a photo of herself hugging Chadwick at the Black Panther premiere in 2018 and a shot of on-set director chairs featuring the names of Okoye and T’Challa. Danai’s post comes shortly after Ryan Coogler, who directed Black Panther, also honored Chadwick in a beautiful statement.
Read Danai’s tribute in full below.
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