August 28 marks one year since Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43, four years after being diagnosed with stage III colon cancer.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o, who played Boseman’s King T’Challa’s love interest Nakia in the popular superhero blockbuster Black Panther, took to Instagram to share a heartbreaking tribute to her friend and colleague.
Along with her touching words of sadness, the actress posted a heartwarming photo of the two actors bursting out laughing as they stood in an empty hallway.
Heartbreaking: Lupita Nyong’o shared a touching tribute to her boyfriend and Black Panther colleague Chadwick Boseman a year after his shocking death at age 43
“I didn’t know I could miss both his laughter and his silence in equal measure. I do. I do…” she began in the caption with clear emotion in her words.
“A year after his death, the memory of @chadwickboseman will always live on in me.”
The photo shows Boseman leaning against a wall, looking almost childlike, with a big beaming smile on his face, and his hands clenched in front of his chest as if he were about to tell his friend a hilarious secret.
Nyong’o, 38, can absorb the actor’s energy, with her right hand on his side, and an equally infectious smile, as she gently touched his leg with her other hand.
Emotional Tribute: The actress shared how she misses Boseman’s laughter and silence in equal measure, and that his memory lives in her to this day
Co-stars: Nyong’o played Boseman’s King T’Challa’s love interest Nakia in the popular superhero blockbuster Black Panther (2018), which made $1,348 billion on a $200 million budget
Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which eventually progressed to stage IV before 2020.
The South Carolina resident chose to keep his diagnosis private, revealing his condition to only a handful of non-family members, who had varying degrees of knowledge of the seriousness of his condition.
Despite undergoing multiple surgeries and chemotherapy, he would continue to work and complete a number of films after his diagnosis, including Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, 21 Bridges, Da 5 Bloods, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Boseman died on August 28, 2020 at his Los Angeles home due to complications related to colon cancer, with his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, and family by his side.
The surprising news of his death caused widespread shock and grief among people around the world.
Despite multiple surgeries and chemotherapy, Boseman would continue to work and make a number of films after his cancer diagnosis in 2016, including Black Panther; Boseman Danai Gurira and Florence Kasumba are depicted in a scene from Black Panther with Boseman and Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba
Tribute: Nyong’o shared a long and moving tribute to Boseman on Instagram with the caption: ‘For the beloved #ChadwickBoseman #TakeYourTimeButDontWasteYourTime’
Heartbroken: The actress began by sharing how she “struggled to think and talk about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense.”
High praise: Nyong’o complimented him as a man who ‘made the most of his time’
Choosing to wait 11 days after his passing, Nyong’o shared a lengthy and touching tribute to Boseman on Instagram, which she captioned: “For the beloved #ChadwickBoseman #TakeYourTimeButDontWasteYourTime.”
“I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope. I have trouble thinking and speaking about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. There is no point. The news of his passing is a blow to my stomach every morning,” she began in her first public comments.
She further praised the actor for always having the right energy, writing, “I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life who have an immortal energy, who seem like they have existed before.” , which are exactly where they should always be – right here! … who seem timeless … Chadwick was one of those people.’
Nyong’o said she didn’t know her costar for long and confessed that his presence will stay with her forever.
“Chadwick was a man who made the most of his time and somehow also managed to take his time. I didn’t know him long, but he had made a deep impression on me during the time I did,” she wrote.
Praise: Boseman’s Black Panther co-star shared how he would always ‘bring his game face’
Self-love: The actress wrote that he could ‘love himself’
Fortress: The actress saw how Boseman ‘respected his body’
Positive energy: She told how the actor “cared so much about humanity”
“When we came together to create Black Panther, I remember being struck by its quiet, powerful presence. He had no air about him, but there was a higher frequency from which he seemed to be operating. You got the sense that he was fully present and somehow also fully aware of things in the distant future. As a result, I noticed that Chadwick never seemed rushed! He managed his time with ease.’
Nyong’o described Boseman as the ultimate professional who was always ready with his gameface on, whether it was a rehearsal or a recording day.
“He was absorbing. Resilient. He set the bar high by working with a generosity of mind, creating an ego-free environment through pure example, and he always had a warm look and a strong embrace to share. His big hands would descend on my shoulders, squeezing them that releases me from the tensions I didn’t know I was holding. Chadwick’s hands were strong enough to support the weight of the film and free enough to grab mine when I needed it.’
In one of the more serious statements in her assessment of Boseman’s death, she wrote, “It seems that the life Chadwick gave up was long before Chadwick gave up.”
She ended with her condolences to his “family, friends and his loving wife, Simone, from whom I heard this phrase so resonantly: #TakeYourTimeButDontWasteYourTime.”
He lives on: Nyong’o wrote of how he ‘used his life force to tell meaningful stories’
Hard to believe: the actress struggled to accept his passing
RIP: She ended with her condolences to his ‘family, friends and his loving wife’