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Several Stars Including Oprah Winfrey And Robert Downey Jr. Join Together To Pay Tribute To Chadwick Boseman

The world is still trying to deal with the shocking death of beloved actor Chadwick Boseman. It was revealed on Friday that the 43-year-old actor had died after privately battling colon cancer for four years.

This means that while he was filming all those Avengers movies, which are incredibly physically demanding, he was also fighting for his life. And the craziest part of all is that almost no one knew about it.

Even Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther, had no idea. You can read his touching tribute by clicking here.

On Sunday, ABC aired a special tribute to Boseman, and during the tribute, several of his co-stars and colleagues virtually assembled to honor him and share special memories of him.

Read some of their stories below…

Paul Rudd: “I thought back to all of those performances and all those incredible people that he’s played and I realized I don’t think you can do it as convincingly as he did if he didn’t possess that same grace in real life. You can’t act that.”

To all of those little kids that love Black Panther and look to T’Challa as a hero, just know that the guy who played him is an even bigger hero in real life.”

Oprah Winfrey: The way he handled his life and managing cancer with such humility and grace and dignity lets us all know that he truly was a superhero. He will be remembered, cherished and loved in our hearts, not just for what he was able to offer on film, but what he was able to give as a human being. And it’s not just a loss that we’re feeling. We’re going to feel his absence.

I say that he was a star, but also a shooting star because he lived in his life in such a way that forever kids who see him in that Black Panther role see a reflection of themselves embodied in everything that he intended.

Robert Downey Jr.: Toward the end of the third Avengers, the Infinity War, we all kind of lose together. And I remember it was one of those few days that all of the Avengers were together and it was just the way that he walked on set and the immense success that had occurred, and rightfully so, with Black Panther. And he was just in this kind of stratus of his own, but always, always humble, always hardworking, always a smile on his face.

Now, looking back. All the more I realize just what an incredibly graceful human being he was.

Don Cheadle: I didn’t have enough time with Chadwick. It’s a statement that I know everyone is making and everyone can make because he was here far too short a time…He’d go out of his way to let you know that he loved you and how he felt about you and that’s just a rare quality.

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