The news of the death of actor Chadwick Boseman came as a huge shock to people around the world, as the 43-year-old star of Marvel’s “Black Panther,” who also portrayed baseball icon Jackie Robinson and “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown on the big screen, passed away after a battle with colon cancer.
Boseman’s passing struck a chord with fans, celebrities and sports stars across the globe, and a host of MMA stars took to social media to pay their own personal tributes to an actor whose performances on screen had made a profound effect on their own lives and careers.
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Aljamain Sterling: ‘Chadwick Boseman was my superhero’
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I’m a grown man now, but I never had superheroes that I remember looking up to. Chadwick Boseman was my Superhero when I watched @blackpanther 🙌🏾 He seemed like a great man and gave a lot of hope and inspiration to young black children. RIP @chadwickboseman! – As my coach told me in between rounds of my fight, “SHOW THE WORLD WHO YOU ARE!!” 😢🙏🏾 • #BlackPanther #ChadwickBoseman #21Bridges #Icon #42 #GetOnUp #JamesBrown #JackieRobinson #Avengers #KingTChalla ・・・ It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. Photo Credit: @samjonespictures
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