Dozens of people attended a vigil Saturday in memory of Chadwick Boseman, the 43-year-old actor known for his starring role in the 2018 film “Black Panther,” and for playing the real-life Black heroes Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson and James Brown.
Boseman died of colon cancer Friday at his Los Angeles area home.
The 5 p.m. vigil at at Leimert Park, 4343 Leimert Blvd. , gave fans and admirers of the young actor a chance to grieve together, said organizer Najee Ali, who insisted all in attendance wear face masks and social distance to guard against COVID-19 exposure.
“Black kids across the nation are in grief,” Ali said. “They are coming to grips and trying to deal with it.”
Even after the vigil ended, people continued to leave flowers and cards at the park in support of Boseman’s family.
A cancer survivor, Ali said he was especially moved by Boseman’s death because he underwent two years of chemotherapy and was impressed with the work Boseman was able to do while battling cancer. “He fought cancer four years while still working and making blockbuster classics. His legacy will last forever.”
Ali read a statement by Boseman’s family requesting privacy at this time.
Here are some of the reactions people shared on social media:
“Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain — what a use of his years.”
“I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.”
“I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed.”
–Sterling K. Brown
“i will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god … forever and ever.’
“A warrior of light til the very end. A true king. I am without words. May he rise in power.”
“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.”
“All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of Chadwick Boseman. 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.”
“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.”
“The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.”
“My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference.”
“Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles. You never truly know what the people around you might be going through – treat them with kindness and cherish every minute you have together. RIP #ChadwickBoseman”
“I will tell my sons about you forever. You were one of the classiest men I have ever met in my life. It was an honor to have shared minutes with you on screen and to have crossed paths with you during press. Though our acquaintance was light you always left a lasting impression because of your energy, poise and gentle manner. May the Universe deliver you to your promise land brother.”
“Chadwick was someone who radiated power and peace. Who stood for 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.”
“I am absolutely floored. Such an amazing, beautiful person. ?? RIP Brother.”
“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”
“Mr. Boseman leveled the playing field while fighting for his life… That’s heroism. I’ll remember the good times, the laughter, and the way he changed the game…”
–Robert Downey Jr.
“I have no words….This s— hurts. Just a all around good brother. You will be missed…. Rest well”
“Please Jesus please… I know you know what’s best… but at this moment our hearts are writhing with so much pain… so to lose this beautiful black king renders me weak…please watch over his family and loved ones…. @chadwickboseman you have touched the lives of all of us… u will forever be remembered in the highest regard… REST IN POWER! our black king! Our black panther!”
“Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity……..It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you….Rest well prince…May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you! ?????? My heart cannot take 2020! Please God no more!!!”
“Peace King… Thank you for your extraordinary work, your exemplary character and leadership. Love you Brother”
“I don’t know why this one hurts so badly. Maybe it’s because we lost a literal Black superhero. Maybe it’s because your grace, class, kindness and dignity is so rare.”
“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.”
–Samuel L. Jackson
“This is a crushing blow.”
“Breaking my twitter silence to share some beauty. This was one of my final texts from the brilliant & once-in-lifetime talent, @chadwickboseman. take this in & celebrate life. He knew how precious every moment was. Tonight the Heavens received one of its most powerful angels.”
“So stunned. Honored to have worked with @chadwickboseman early on. Truly an amazing man. God bless his wife and family in this difficult time. Rest In Peace, brother.”
“We’ve lost a great one. My heart is truly broken.”
“Our makeup artists are friends and he used to get on the phone and ask me to sing `You Mean The World To Me’ because it was his favorite song of mine and now this song will be forever dedicated to him.”
“1 of my all time favorite people on the planet Chadwick Boseman has passed away after a 4 years of fighting cancer. An wonderful actor & a truly nice man. R.IP. condolences to his family”
“What a gentle gifted SOUL. Showing us all that Greatness in between surgeries and chemo. The courage, the strength, the Power it takes to do that. This is what Dignity looks like.”
“Rest In Power, Chadwick Boseman. Our hearts are with your family and loved ones tonight.”
“People in L.A. and across the country are mourning the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, a hero offscreen and onscreen who honored Black stories with strength and grace. Sending our condolences to his family and loved ones. Rest in power.”
“Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse: A deeply gifted man is gone too soon. His memory will blaze on fiercely — from here to eternity.”
“An extraordinary talent and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met. He brought enormous strength, dignity and depth to his groundbreaking role of Black Panther, shattering myths and stereotypes, becoming a long-awaited hero to millions around the world and inspiring us all to dream bigger and demand more than the status quo.”
–Robert A. Iger
“The absolute pinnacle of our profession is not fame, fortune or accolades. It is the simple act of touching someone’s heart, nourishing their soul and giving voice and meaning to our hopes and dreams. Chadwick soared far above those heights inspiring a thousand possibilities in the minds of our children while elevating our culture. He exemplified the best of storytelling and the best of who we can be leaving a lasting legacy that sustains us.”
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