Friends and family members are honoring actor Chadwick Boseman on what would have been the Black Panther star’s 44th birthday on Nov. 29.
Boseman, who passed away in August from colon cancer at age 43, was universally beloved. Known for a diverse array of roles ranging from T’Challa to Jackie Robinson, the acclaimed actor’s death shocked the world after he lived with the disease in private for several years.
Chadwick’s brother Kevin Boseman acknowledged his sibling’s birthday with a peaceful photo of white flowers on his Instagram page.
“Today is a good day to give someone their flowers,” he wrote.
Lupita Nyong’o, a dear friend of Boseman and his co-star in Black Panther, shared a beautiful photo of the pair.
“Deeply loved, sorely missed,” Nyong’o wrote.
Rapper Common also paid tribute.
“Chadwick Boseman would have turned 44 years old today. Happy Birthday King. God Bless You Brother,” wrote Common. “Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world. RIP.”
Mark Ruffalo, who co-starred with Boseman in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, also shared a touching memory of his friend on social media.
“Thinking of your passion, love and your light today, @ChadwickBoseman. Happy Birthday,” wrote Ruffalo, who posted a throwback birthday video celebrating Boseman on set. “Wishing we could time travel back to this moment.”
Boseman’s friend and stylist Ashley Weston shared a series of photos of the actor to Instagram, writing, “I miss you every day, but I know you’re with our ancestors looking over us. And I know I’ll always feel your spirit and love around me … but damn, I wish you were still here with us all.”
“Until we reunite again, happy birthday to my forever muse and king,” she added.
Boseman’s alma mater, Howard University, reposted a pair of photos of the actor, including one of him onstage receiving an honorary doctorate degree in 2018.
Viola Davis, who co-starred with Boseman in the 2014 James Brown biopic Get On Up, shared a short video of the actor as confetti dropped from the ceiling.
“Happy birthday in heaven, Chadwick! You are still so alive to me!! I love you,” wrote Davis, who also co-starred with Boseman in his final role, in the drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which heads to Netflix next month.
On Saturday, Disney Chairman Bob Iger teased a “special tribute to someone that was and will always be near and dear to our hearts.” The tribute was later revealed to be an updated intro honoring Boseman for Black Panther on Disney+.
Disney has updated the Marvel Studios intro for ‘Black Panther’ on Disney Plus in remembrance of the late Chadwick Boseman. Happy birthday, King. pic.twitter.com/2A9sJXLONy
— Geeks of Color #BlackLivesMatter (@GeeksOfColor) November 29, 2020
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