CAPTAIN AMERICAN star Chris Evans has paid tribute to his “deeply committed and constantly curious” former Marvel co-star Chadwick Boseman, following the Black Panther actor’s sad passing.
Boseman died aged 43 following a brave four-year battle with colon cancer.
The actor’s family confirmed the sad news, revealing he had been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer back in 2016 and that it had since progressed to stage four.
Boseman passed away with his wife Taylor Simone Ledward and his family by his side.
Evans was one of several stars to pay tribute to Boseman, whom he worked alongside on Captain America: Civil War and both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
“I’m absolutely devastated,” the Irish-American star said.
“This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist.
“He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King.”
Evans’s sentiments were echoed by his Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo.
The Hulk actor said: “It was the highest honour getting to work with you and getting to know you. What a generous and sincere human being.
“You believed in the sacred nature of the work and gave your all. Much love to your family. And much love from all of us left here.”
All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2020
Fellow Marvel movie alumni Brie Larson shared a picture of them together on Instagram alongside a personal tribute.
“Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace,” she wrote.
“Who stood for so much more than himself. Who took the time to really see how you were doing and gave words of encouragement when you felt unsure.
“I’m honored to have the memories I have. The conversations, the laughter. My heart is with you and your family. You will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in power and peace my friend.”
Thor actor Chris Hemsworth also paid his respects.
“Gonna miss you mate. Absolutely heartbreaking. One of the kindest most genuine people I’ve met. Sending love and support to all the family xo RIP”
Samuel L. Jackson meanwhile, thanked Boseman for the impact and legacy he leaves behind for black representation in Hollywood.
“THANK YOU @chadwickboseman for all you gave us,” he tweeted.
“We needed it & will always cherish it! A talented & giving artist & brother who will be sorely missed. RIP.”
THANK YOU @chadwickboseman for all you gave us. We needed it & will always cherish it! A talented & giving artist & brother who will be sorely missed🙏🏿 RIP
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 29, 2020
Don Cheadle wrote: “I will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god.”
Chris Pratt, meanwhile, said: “My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul. #wakandaforever.”
Zoe Saldana wrote: “The classiest avenger and most quiet warrior. My heart is heavy right now. I wished I had the courage to tell you how your performance of T’Challa was the best portrayal of a King I had ever seen. Rest in Power and Grace Brother. My sons will know your name forever!”
Spider-Man star Tom Holland also paid his respects on Instagram: “Chadwick, you were even more of a hero off screen than on.
“A role model not only to me on set, but to millions of others around the world. You brought joy and happiness to so many and I’m proud to have been able to call you a friend. RIP Chadwick.”