“Rest In Peace, Brother Chadwick. I’m Saddened By This Loss…” -Idriss Elba Pays Emotional Tribute To A Brother

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A Sierra Leonean Hollywood Actor, Idris Elba has taken to social media in grief over the demise of a fellow Hollywood actor, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman is also said to have a Sierra Leonean heritage and the emotionally charged Elba posted blank black image followed by some emotional words in tribute saying: “The image represent the void the death of the Black Panther star will create in the cinema industry.” Beneath the black image was further inscribed “Rest in Peace Brother Chadwick. I am saddened by this loss.” “Chadwick was a very thoughtful, hardworking, prideful and strong man. He will be missed by the filmmaking community, and fans of his solid works. My thoughts reach out to his family right now.”

On Saturday 29th August, the ‘Fast & Furious’ star took to Instagram to mourn the death of Chadwick Boseman with whom he had featured in the ‘Avengers’ and  ‘Infinity War.

Chadwick Boseman was best known for his role he played as the king of Wakanda as Black Panther in the blockbuster movie, ‘Black Panther’. He died at the age of 43 after a lengthy battle with Colon cance. The news broke in a post on his Twitter account on Friday 28th August.

Boseman’s profile

The actor/producer was born on the 29th of November, 1976 in Anderson, South Carolina. He got a degree in Film Directing from Howard University and later attended the British American Drama Academy.

His stage career spanned from 2003 to 2020 during which period he featured in various television series, including ‘Lincoln Heights’ (2008-2009), ‘Persons Unknown’ in 2010 and the independent film, ‘Kill Hole’ in 2012.  

He became recognized in the industry and by fans in 2013 when he played the role of American Baseball star, Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”. Later in 2014 he also played another real life character, a singer and songwriter, James Brown in “Get On Up.” He also acted the Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall in the movie “Marshall” in 2017. But it was his role as superhero Black Panther in the 2018 blockbuster Black Panther that got him the required recognition and impact he created.

Boseman received several awards to his credit such as the Best Supporting Actor in 2017; Best Performance in a Movie; Best Hero in SATURN AWARDS for his role played as Captain in the American Civil War; ‘Best Fight MTV Movie’ and TV award for his fight against M’Baku in Black Panther; the 2018 MTV movie and TV Awards for Best Team. Saturn was awarded Best Actor for his role in Black Panther. He went on to win several other awards in 2019 again as Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a motion Picture in Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild and NAACP I Award. 2020 he was nominated as the Best Entertainer Of The Year and Outstanding Actor In a Motion Picture By NAACP for his role in “21 Bridges”

His final film is “Rainey’s Black Bottom which is scheduled to be released later. The year that his blockbuster movie was released ‘Black Panther’ was the same year he was diagnosed with Colon cancer, which he kept secret and carried on with his acting career.

Several superstars and fans took to social media to express heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. He will be buried on a date to be announced by the family.

By Ishmael Daddys Bangura

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