Michael B. Jordan has shared a beautiful tribute to his Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman who tragically passed away on Friday at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
Boseman had been diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2016 but had kept the information private and instead focused on his career. Naturally, the news has rocked fans both inside and outside of the business.
Acclaimed director Jordan Peele said the news was “a crushing blow,” later saying the actor was “a true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement.
Now Michael B. Jordan has shared his poignant tribute to his friend as well as co-star, he begins his eulogy by writing: “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,” Jordan continues. He goes on to credit Boseman for “pav[ing] the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honour purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not… I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness,” he went on to add.
“Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are,” Jordan adds.
“Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family, your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. 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.”
Jordan then concludes his moving tribute bu writing, “I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is! Rest In Power Brother.”
Read Jordan’s full tribute to Boseman, below.