Lupita Nyong’o Pens Powerful Tribute to Her ‘Beloved’ Chadwick Boseman

Lupita Nyong’o and Chadwick Boseman (Credit: Shutterstock)

Hollywood is still reeling from the death of Chadwick Boseman who passed away on Aug. 28, after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

The late actor’s friends and co-stars have been sharing remembrances, and now his Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o has written a touching tribute. On Tuesday, the actress posted a picture of herself laughing with Boseman on Instagram and captioned the post “For the beloved Chadwick Boseman.”

“I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope,” she wrote. “I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense.”

She continued, “It doesn’t make sense. The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning. I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be – here! … that seem ageless…. Chadwick was one of those people.”

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Nyong’o played Boseman’s love interest in the film, and although she reflected on the fact that they did not know each other for very long in real-life, the impact he left will remain with her forever. She recalled their first meeting.

“He had no airs about him, but there was a higher frequency that he seemed to operate from,” she shared.  “You got the sense that he was fully present and also somehow fully aware of things in the distant future. As a result, I noticed that Chadwick never seemed rushed! He commanded his time with ease.”

She also reflected on the legacy Boseman left within the Black community.

“He moved quietly, deliberately and without imposing himself or his ideas on others. And yet he also made damn sure that his life meant something,” Nyong’o wrote. “He cared so deeply about humanity, about Black people, about his people. He activated our pride. By pushing through and working with such high purpose in the films he chose to commit to, Chadwick has made the infinite his home.”