Since the passing of "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, fans all over the world have trooped to several social platforms to pay their respects. Joining the tributes over the weekend were some of the late icon's youngest fans.
The announcement of the death of the fictional Wakanda king, Chadwick Boseman, took the world by surprise. Many have turned up since then to show their love for the beloved "Black Panther" star.
Boseman was an inspiration to many. His sad passing revealed how dare he was to the public, and how much his movie roles inspired a lot of people, including kids all over the world.
Late Chadwick Boseman at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images
IN HONOR OF BLACK PANTHER
Several fans have taken to social media platforms to pay befitting tributes to the fictional Wakanda king. A tweet by human rights lawyer Derecka Purnell challenged black kids to honor the legend in Black Panther costumes. She wrote:
"I would really love a thread of Black kids in Black Panther costumes as a way to remember and celebrate #ChadwickBoseman."
Following the tweet, some of Boseman’s youngest fans have joined the public outpouring of love, flooding the internet with touching tributes and inspiring costumes. One of the responses featured a toddler wearing a custom-made black panther diaper.
The late icon played the role and some of his other outstanding movies while battling the deadly condition, making him a real-life hero.
Several others were of kids rocking the fictional superhero costume intended for Halloween. A Twitter user described how his nephew hosted a virtual funeral in honor of the lost hero while also sharing a photo of the touching moment.
INSPIRING A GENERATION OF HEROES
Boseman spent his life not only as an actor but also as a philanthropist. Despite his personal health struggles, the entertainment icon inspired a generation of heroes through his good works. As part of his charitable deeds, Chadwick reached out to a lot of children dealing with cancer and other health conditions.
St.Jude Children's Research Hospital, through which he conducted some of his good deeds, honored the late star in an Instagram tribute, calling him a role model who brought joy, courage, and inspiration to patients.
THE TRIBUTE FIT FOR A KING
Notably, Chadwick Boseman's role as Black Panther held a cultural significance for young black children. The icon once revealed how the character inspired black kids to believe they could also become superheroes and save the world.
Having won a place in kids' hearts, many have dedicatedly conducted funerals in his honor. One such funeral, posted by a father, went viral within hours.
Addressing his son Kian's reaction to Boseman's passing, he explained how the 7-year-old was heartbroken but decided to embrace the reality of death. Doing the funeral was the boy's way of coping with the loss.
Several celebrities, politicians, and other notable figures have also shared their condolences. Personalities like Barack Obama and Joe Biden posted tributes to the legend on social media.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN'S DEATH
This comes days after the iconic icon lost his life following a four-year battle with colon cancer. Chadwick Boseman died on Friday, August 28, in his home, surrounded by friends and family.
A statement on his Twitter account disclosed the news of his death, also revealing he struggled with the condition since his first diagnosis in 2016.
The statement also reflected on how his role as King T'Challa in "Black Panther" made him a global icon and a symbol of black power.
Remarkably, the late icon played the role and some of his other outstanding movies while battling the deadly condition, making him a real-life hero.