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Chadwick Boseman's Co-Stars Attend Memorial For Late Actor

Chadwick Boseman's Co-Stars Attend Memorial For Late Actor

Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o were among the guests paying tribute.

Delicia Smith

Delicia Smith

Chadwick's Boseman's Black Panther co-stars were among the guests at a memorial service for the late actor, which was held over the weekend.

The actor passed away at home in Los Angeles on August 28 after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43 when he died.

Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o joined Chadwick's wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, as they honoured the star at the private remembrance service.

Co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and Chadwick Boseman at the SAG Awards in January 2019.
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The service was held on Saturday in Malibu, California, according to the Sun.

Michael and Lupita were joined by fellow Black Panther star Winston Duke, as well as Chadwick's wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, whom he had tied the knot with shortly before his passing.

The photos show the memorial service overlooked the ocean and included music from a hang drum. There was also a beautiful table display filled with flowers and pictures of Chadwick.

Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, and Andy Serkis from 'Black Panther' at the 2019 SAG Awards.
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Boseman was best known for the role of T'Challa in the Marvel movies, a role he won a number of awards for.

A number of friends and co-stars have spoken out to honour Chadwick since his untimely death.

Michael B. Jordan reflected on how much he learned from his 'big brother' over the many years they knew each other just days after the actor passed away.

"One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked, and now the truth of that means more to me than ever," Jordan, 33, wrote on Instagram in a touching tribute.

"Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you've known it or not...I've been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

"You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time," he added. "I'm dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. 'Is this your king!?' Yes . he . is! Rest In Power Brother."

Danai Gurira also paid tribute to her Black Panther co-star.

Gurira, 42, took on the role of Okoye in the 2018 MCU blockbuster. Okoye was a warrior who protects Wakanda and its king T'Challa, played by Boseman.

Taking to Instagram following the actor's passing, she began: "How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate."

She continued: "I always marveled at how special Chadwick was. Such a pure hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy. My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence and grace.

"On many an occasion I would think how thankful I was that he was the leading man I was working closely with. A true class act. And so perfectly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading the franchise that changed everything for Black representation."

Boseman in 'Black Panther'.

The touching tribute went on: "He made everyone feel loved, heard and seen. He played great, iconic roles because he possessed inside of himself that connection to greatness to be able to so richly bring them to life.

"He had a heroic spirit, and marched to the beat of his own drum; hence his excellence as an artist and the incredible courage and determination as he faced life's challenges; while still guiding us all.

"He was zen and sweet and funny (with the very best laugh), attentive, and truly, truly, good. I can't even wrap my mind around this loss. A loss resonating in my own heart as well as around the globe.

"The children he inspired, my heart aches for them, to lose their hero just as they finally found him. I am so thankful to have taken the Black Panther journey with him. To have known him, spent time in his light and leadership and to call him forever a friend."

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