Black Panther co-stars attend Chadwick Boseman’s memorial

African Mirror Reporter

FAMILY and friends were in attendance for the American actor Chadwick Boseman’s memorial service, paying respects to the late ‘Black Panther’ star. 

Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o along with other Black Panther stars attended the outdoor memorial service with Boseman’s spouse, Taylor Simone Ledward, to say their final farewells.

Photos published by The Sun showed the stars attending the memorial in Malibu, California, along with a photo of Boseman on display next to a floral arrangement. The memorial service also featured music being played from a hang drum.

Chadwick Boseman passed away aged 43 in Los Angeles in late August following a private four-year battle with colon cancer.

Touching tributes from his co-stars, celebrities and fans poured in following his passing, including from Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, who posted a touching tribute to his late co-star on Instagram.

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I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything. I wish we had more time. 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. 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. I wish we had more time. Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. 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. I'm more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. 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.

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Boseman was also honoured in his hometown of Anderson, South California, with a public memorial and a public viewing of Black Panther in an outdoor amphitheatre where the public practised social distancing. 

Fans across the world also sent praise for Boseman’s legacy for playing iconic roles, including the landmark role as King T’Challa of Wakanda in ‘Black Panther’ which was a historic moment in Hollywood. 

Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther. Picture: Twitter

Apart from his role as King T’Challa, Boseman has also portrayed black icons such as music legend James Brown, lawyer Thurgood Marshall and American baseball legend Jackie Robinson. 

Boseman’s most recent film was Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods which was directed by Spike Lee.

Chadwick’s friends and family arriving at the memorial in Malibu Credit: BackGrid
A mourner was comforted by Boseman’s co-star Michael B Jordan Credit: BackGrid
The event, attended by Lupita Nyong’o, followed a flood of tributes to the tragic star Credit: BackGrid
Chadwick’s grieving wife Taylor Simone Ledward Credit: BackGrid
An array of co-stars, including Winston Duke, were among those at the memorial Credit: BackGrid
Taylor Simone Ledward approaches the beautiful table display with Boseman’s photo and flowers Credit: BackGrid
The event was a low key affair with close friends and family Credit: BackGrid
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