Chadwick Boseman, Who Starred in ‘Black Panther,’ Is Mourned as a ‘Superhero’


After the announcement late Friday that the “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman had died, tributes began pouring in on social media from prominent figures in entertainment, politics and beyond.

Mr. Boseman, 43, had portrayed pathbreaking Black Americans onscreen, including Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall. He died on Friday after a yearslong battle with colon cancer.

Within minutes, Martin Luther King III, a human-rights activist and the eldest son of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said that the actor had “brought history to life on the silver screen” in his portrayals of Black leaders.

“As Black Panther, he was also a superhero to many,” Mr. King wrote. “And despite his 4 year long battle with cancer, he kept fighting and he kept inspiring. He will be missed.”

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, struck a similar note, saying that Mr. Boseman’s “true power” stretched far beyond Hollywood, and that he had “inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recalled Mr. Boseman visited young cancer patients on the Memphis campus two years ago.

He “brought with him not only toys for our patients but also joy, courage and inspiration,” the hospital wrote on Twitter.


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