Chadwick Boseman, the star of “Black Panther,” died on Friday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 43.
Boseman, who portrayed baseball icon Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film “42,” died on the same day as Major League Baseball’s annual celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, in honor of the color barrier-breaking Brooklyn Dodgers star, with every player wearing Robinson’s No. 42.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement from Boseman’s official Twitter account said. “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
The sporting world responded in droves to the news of Boseman’s death, with MLB players reacting on Twitter and sharing their appreciation for the actor and his portrayal of Robinson.
We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman. His transcendent performance in “42” will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/8oU7QpdLSE
— MLB (@MLB) August 29, 2020
I met you at the premier of 42 in Pittsburgh in 2013. Even though you were in the spotlight and all eyes were on you, I remember you saying, “I’m that one that’s starstruck by all of these athletes here.” That’s the man you were. Humble. You will be missed. RIP Chadwick Boseman pic.twitter.com/ypJc1yUq9p
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) August 29, 2020
RIP Black Kings. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/D6AffQSGhC
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) August 29, 2020
RIP King! 😢 https://t.co/RXekrg12pi
— Taijuan Walker (@tai_walker) August 29, 2020
Gotta cherish life. Live out your dreams. You want to do something do it. Time won’t always be on your side!!! https://t.co/vErnQ0uSev
— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) August 29, 2020
From playing legendary figures to becoming one, we’ll never forget your iconic performance as Jackie Robinson and your many inspiring roles. You will be missed, Chadwick Boseman. pic.twitter.com/NY2sKMcJIb
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 29, 2020
Boseman had a strong connection to the NBA, including being a judge and an impromptu participant in the 2018 slam dunk contest. Victor Oladipo, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Love and Trae Young were among the many NBA stars who took to Twitter to share their appreciation for the actor.
Just met you for the first time at all star… never stopped having this smile on your face… 😭😭🙏🏽 https://t.co/aYxDjEJHuV
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) August 29, 2020
RIP legend ❤️🙏🏽😓 https://t.co/j2yLUjzrVB
— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) August 29, 2020
— Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) August 29, 2020
Rest in power @chadwickboseman !! Your legacy will live forever. 2020 man, been a tough one 💔
— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) August 29, 2020
Chadwick Boseman?????????????? It can’t be…
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) August 29, 2020
— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) August 29, 2020
Fighter till the end 🤍 I’m sick https://t.co/pwS6onydNl
— JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) August 29, 2020
No way! No way! No way! Noooooo https://t.co/53SEgXT9DO
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 29, 2020
Other stars from across the sporting world, from the WWE and UFC to the NFL and NHL, also went on social media to express their condolences and share the impact Boseman had on their lives.
Hard to hear about this.
Rest in love, brother.
Thank you for shining your light and sharing your talent with the world. My love and strength to your family. https://t.co/hNAWav7Cq8
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 29, 2020
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 Black Panther 🙌🏾 He seemed like a great man and gave a lot of hope and inspiration to young black children. RIP @chadwickboseman! pic.twitter.com/R212oxi32e
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) August 29, 2020
The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose. – Chadwick Boseman 🖤🖤🖤
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) August 29, 2020
Lost A real super hero today! REst in paradise Chadwick 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/cFgms0q7fs
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) August 29, 2020
So sad! RIP! https://t.co/jKt0rW6Kqo
— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) August 29, 2020
People wonder how I can smile in my situation. Its because of situations like @chadwickboseman He gave us all those movies while battling stage 4 cancer and he did it with a smile! He had so much joy and passion for what he did. All the while….. Everything is about perspective!
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) August 29, 2020
— Titus O’Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) August 29, 2020
2020 has been wild 🤯🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Mjj7yvHNOG
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) August 29, 2020
Rest In Power https://t.co/7ZNsVsSKe6
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) August 29, 2020
The Cleveland Browns remembered Boseman for his role playing Vontae Mack in “Draft Day.” Also, the Denver Broncos highlighted Boseman’s role in “The Express,” in which he portrayed five-time Pro Bowler and Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little.
Vontae Mack no matter what. 💔
RIP, Chadwick. https://t.co/SjqroilzJe
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 29, 2020
You played Floyd Little in The Express like all your roles – with grace and passion.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 29, 2020