‘The strength, the courage’: Oprah Winfrey and Disney chief Bob Iger lead the tributes to Chadwick Boseman

‘The strength, the courage’: Oprah Winfrey and Disney chief Bob Iger lead the tributes to Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman died at the age of 43 after enduring a four-year battle with colon cancer.

Oprah Winfrey took to Twitter shortly after news broke to post a heartfelt tribute to the Black Panther star.

‘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,’ wrote the 66-year-old media mogul.

Meanwhile Bob Iger, the Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company, which produces the Marvel films that made Boseman a superstar, also paid tribute.

The mogul described Chadwick as ‘an extraordinary talent, and one of the most gentle and giving souls I have ever met,’ in his Twitter thread.

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He continued: ‘Becoming a long-awaited hero to millions around the world, and inspiring us all to dream bigger and demand more than the status quo. We mourn all that he was, as well as everything he was destined to become.’

Iger went on to address Boseman’s grieving relatives and fans: ‘His absence from the screen is only eclipsed by his absence from our lives. All of us at Disney send our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family.’ 

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Democratic VP nominee Kamala Harris was ‘heartbroken’ over the actor’s untimely passing, writing: ‘Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble.’

‘He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family,’ tweeted the 55-year-old Politician. 

Oscar winner Denzel Washington told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement: ‘He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist,who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career. God bless Chadwick Boseman.’ 

Boseman’s Avengers co-star Chris Pratt left a touching comment on Chadwick’s Instagram page.

‘This is such devastating news. We’re praying for his family. The world has lost an immeasurable talent and a great person,’ wrote Pratt, who plays Peter Quill aka Starlord in the Marvel Universe. 

Mark Ruffalo, who played the Hulk in Avengers, also wrote a touching post on his personal Twitter page. 

‘All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. 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,’ he tweeted.

‘This is a crushing blow,’ wrote Get Out director Jordan Peele on Twitter, mere minutes after the actor’s passing was confirmed. 

Brie Larson, who stars as Captain Marvel, published an emotional tribute to the star on Twitter and noted that he ‘radiated power and peace.’

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