Many fans and peers continue to mourn the shocking passing of Chadwick Boseman.
On Sunday, Ryan Coogler, the director of the box office hit “Black Panther,” and a good friend of Chadwick, broke his silence as he remembered him in a lengthy tribute.
He started off his statement by saying, “Before sharing my thoughts on the passing of the great Chadwick Boseman, I first offer my condolences to his family who meant so very much to him. To his wife, Simone, especially.”
Ryan continued to speak about his time working with Chadwick while working on “Black Panther.” He revealed that it was Chadwick’s amazing performance as T’Challa in “Captin America: Civil War,” that convinced him to sign on to direct “Black Panther.” He spoke highly about how dedicated Chadwick was to his craft, and also his desire to make the film the box office hit we all immediately following its 2018 release.
He then continued to reveal that he too was unaware of Chadwick’s health condition and that he now realizes the entire time he’s known Chadwick, he had been silently facing a battle.
“Chad deeply valued his privacy, and I wasn’t privy to the details of his illness. After his family released their statement, I realized that he was living with his illness the entire time I knew him. Because he was a caretaker, a leader, and a man of faith, dignity, and pride, he shielded his collaborators from his suffering,” said Ryan.
He continued, “I haven’t grieved a loss this acute before. I spent the last year preparing, imagining, and writing words for him to say, that we weren’t destined to see. It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take.”
Check out his full statement below:
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TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94 _____________________________________ Many fans and peers continue to mourn the shocking passing of #ChadwickBoseman. _____________________________________ On Sunday, #RyanCoogler, the director of the box office hit #BlackPanther, and a good friend of Chadwick broke his silence as he remembered him in a lengthy tribute. _____________________________________ He started off by saying, “Before sharing my thoughts on the passing of the great Chadwick Boseman, I first offer my condolences to his family who meant so very much to him. To his wife, Simone, especially.” (via. @hollywoodreporter)—(📸: @gettyimages)
The tributes to the late and great Chadwick Boseman continue to pour in. On Sunday, Kirk Franklin shared a special rendition of the hit single “All The Stars,” which is the lead single from the “Black Panther,” soundtrack.
We continue to keep Chadwick Boseman’s loved ones lifted in prayer during this difficult time.
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TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94