Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Winston Duke on Boseman’s death: I’m devastated

Photo via Winston Duke/Instagram.

Photo via Winston Duke/Instagram.

Trinbagonian-American actor Winston Duke said he is ‘devastated’ over the death of fellow ‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman, who was known for his role as the Black Panther in Marvel’s blockbuster movie franchise, died of cancer on August 28, 2020. He was 43.

Duke, who played M’Baku, said via an Instagram post that Boseman was a giant to him in so many ways:

‘How do I start to honor a man who I saw as a giant in many ways; with whom I thought I had so much more time...I am absolutely devastated by the loss of my friend and hero, Chadwick Boseman.

‘I feel sick ... I’m in pain and I can’t believe he’s gone. Chadwick was a lightning rod for me... he gave me direction... when I saw “42”, I said, I could be like THIS guy.’

‘I knew I belonged because I could see myself in you... that’s what heroes do... they seem familiar because they make it possible for us to see our potential best selves demonstrated through them.

‘Through seeing Chad’s work, I was able to say, “I could be just like you one day“ and when I saw you in person for the first time... at my audition for Black Panther, you acknowledged me and my dream by saying, “he’s ready”! Man, your words that day made me feel like my dream was finally real!’

He said Boseman made him feel safe and even helped him with his acting.

‘Chadwick then proceeded to show us collectively everyday on set what it was to be a leading man. Not only through his work but by how he welcomed and created a space for all of us to feel safe, open and bold ... You even worked with me 1 on 1, on our scenes, so that we could get it right, well before the day of the filming ....Chadwick, Thank you! Chadwick, you are the best...you are me and I’m you and we are all one!’

‘Thanks for being someone I could look up to on and off screen ... your calm confidence was inspiring and exemplary. Thanks for sharing with me... you go ahead ...you did your job and did it well! You will NEVER be forgotten. Your heroism is now legend. We’ll carry the load and honor your legacy, the rest of the way! Bless King! #chadwickboseman #wakandaforever’

Unknown to his fans, Boseman battled colon cancer for four years.

Many public figures have since offered their condolences on his passing. 

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