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Ryan Coogler Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Chadwick Boseman and Extends Condolences to His Family

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Sep 01, 2020
03:30 A.M.
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Director of “Black Panther,” Ryan Coogler paid a heartfelt tribute to late actor Chadwick Boseman while also expressing his admiration for the late star.


Death is a painful thing. The thought of losing a loved one is heartbreaking and the actual loss of a loved one can be overly devastating.

When the world was hit with the news of Chadwick Boseman's passing, it came as a big shock for most. The gentle yet hardworking Boseman was a fan favorite, especially after the movie “Black Panther.”

Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 ESPYS on July 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images.


The director of “Black Panther,” Ryan Coogler revealed that Boseman’s loss came as a big shock. He added that meeting Boseman was one of the best things that happened to him.

For Coogler, getting to work and have a relationship with Boseman prior to his death was something of inestimable value. He began his tribute by saying:

“...I first offer my condolences to his family, who meant so very much to him. To his wife, Simone, especially.”


Coogler revealed that the first time he met Boseman was when he viewed an unfinished cut of “Captain America: Civil War.” While Coogler was trying to decide if he would take the director’s role for “Black Panther,” Boseman’s acting skill got his attention.

However, what fascinated him the most was when he witnessed a conversation between Boseman and John Kani, who played the role of King T’Chaka.

Perhaps what is more painful for Coogler is that he and Boseman would never get to work again .


Boseman and Kani had been conversing in Xhosa and it shocked Coogler to find out that Boseman had recently learned the language yet was speaking it well.

Coogler admitted that he and Boseman had their first official meeting in 2016, and their initial discussion revolved around college days and Coogler’s football playing days. Describing Boseman, Coogler said:

“I noticed then that Chad was an anomaly. He was calm. Assured. Constantly studying. But also kind, comforting, had the warmest laugh in the world.”


Coogler revealed that over the years since meeting Boseman, they both formed a formidable friendship. He admitted that they texted back and forth and Boseman even shared vegetarian recipes with him and his family.

He confessed that he had not grieved a loss so acute before, and it was more painful for him because he did not know that all through the time they were friends, Boseman was suffering as he chose to keep it away from the public.


Perhaps what is more painful for Coogler is that he and Boseman would never get to work again as the lines that were prepared for Boseman for the sequel of “Black Panther” would never be read by him.

Boseman died at the age of 43 after battling with colon cancer for almost four years. He was surrounded by his family, and his loss has been painful to all who witnessed the beauty of his life.