It has been three years since Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman died after a long battle with cancer, Lupita Nyong’o took to her social media to remember the star.
In a post on Monday, Lupita Nyong’o—who co-starred with Chadwick Boseman in the 2018 film “Black Panther”—shared a black-and-white image of the actor from the same year that she claimed to have taken while traveling in South Korea. She captioned the post with a heartfelt message remembering the actor and her friend.
In the long Instagram post, the actress wrote; Three years ago today, I experienced a singular pain at the news of @chadwickboseman‘s death. The confusion was so profound that it took months to trust the feeling of joy again. She highlighted that the actor’s death threw her into grief and it took time for her to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
She also wrote that she had struggled to understand death after his passing but she was grateful for the ‘love generated from the life he lived’. ‘Death is hard to understand, maybe even harder to accept,” Nyong’O added. “But the love generated from the life he lived will fuel every anniversary marking his absence. Chadwick may no longer be in our photos, but he will always be in our hearts.’
On the third anniversary of his passing, Boseman’s other co-stars joined Lupita Nyong’o in paying tribute to the actor. Black Panther actress Letitia Wright, who plays King T’Challa’s sister in the movie, reposted a video of herself, Boseman, Angela Bassett, and Danai Gurira that she previously shared on Instagram in November and captioned it; ‘always celebrating you king’.
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Boseman’s passing had a significant impact on Marvel Studios, director Ryan Coogler, and Boseman’s Black Panther co-stars as they prepared for the sequel, Wakanda Forever, which debuted in November. After T’Challa’s passing, Wright’s Shuri assumed the role of the Black Panther in the movie.