Chadwick Boseman known as “King T’Challa” in the blockbuster film Black Panther passed away August 28, just two years after the film debut. After a long bout with colon cancer, the 43-year-old Howard University graduate made a peaceful transition. His wife, Taylor Simone Ledward was by his side. According to news sources, Boseman secretly married Leward shortly before his passing. The two had been engaged since October of 2019.

On Twitter, celebrities tweeted wonderful memories of Boseman. Angela Bassett stated that she and Boseman had a connection when she first met Chadwick at an honorary engagement at Howard University. Bassett said Boseman escorted her to the stage to receive her honorary award at Howard University. Boseman was known by many for his quiet humility and engaging smile.

“He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career. God bless Chadwick Boseman,” said Denzel Washington.

It was Boseman who fought for the Black Panther casts to have a South African accent. He starred in several historical movies including Jackie Robinson, Get On Up (James Brown), and Marshall (Thurgood Marshall). Additional films the actor appeared in include Da 5 Bloods, 21 Bridges, and Ma Rainey Black Bottom. Reports say that Boseman kept his illness a secret and continued chemo treatment during filming in pursuit of his passion for acting. Gone too soon, the world mourns the Black Panther legend