Here are some of the most touching tributes paid to Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman

Actor Michale B Jordan is among those who have paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman (Getty Images)Actor Michale B Jordan is among those who have paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman (Getty Images)
Actor Michale B Jordan is among those who have paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman (Getty Images)

Since news of Chadwick Boseman’s death filtered through to the public, figures from Hollywood and beyond have been paying tribute to the actor.

The 43-year-old had privately lived with colon cancer since 2016, continuing to act as his condition deteriorated.

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Boseman found worldwide fame as the titular character in Marvel superhero film Black Panther and fans have paid tribute to the legacy of the role.

Co-star Michael B Jordan, director Ryan Coogler and former president Barack Obama are among those who have paid tribute to Boseman.

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Michael B Jordan, who played Black Panther antagonist N'Jadaka, is among those who have expressed shock following Boseman’s passing.

The Creed and Fruitvale Station star likened Boseman to a “big brother”, speaking of a wish for “more time” with his co-star.

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He said: "I've been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I've been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug ... everything.

"I wish we had more time. One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked, and now the truth of that means more to me than ever."

In his public statement he added: “You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time."

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler also paid tribute to the late actor.

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“After his family released their statement, I realised that he was living with his illness the entire time I knew him,” Coogler said in a blog post.

He added: “because he was a caretaker, a leader, and a man of faith, dignity and pride, he shielded his collaborators from his suffering. He lived a beautiful life. And he made great art.

“Day after day, year after year. That was who he was. He was an epic firework display. I will tell stories about being there for some of the brilliant sparks till the end of my days. What an incredible mark he’s left for us.”

Letitia Wright, who played Black Panther’s sister Shuri, succinctly summarised her reaction to the news tweeting: “this hurts. really hurts”.

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Denzel Washington, who partly funded Boseman’s acting school tuition fees, praised Boseman’s “short but illustrious career”.

His statement read: "He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career. God bless Chadwick Boseman."

How did Barack Obama and Joe Biden pay tribute?

Democrat leaders Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris also praised the legacy of the 42 and Get On Up actor.

Obama reflected on a meeting with the performer, tweeting: “Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.”

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Presidential candidate and former vice-president Joe Biden tweeted: "The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want - even super heroes.”

Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, made reference to her and Boseman’s former university.

She tweeted: “Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family.”