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The tributes are pouring in after the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, with one of his co-stars, Josh Gad, sharing a particularly moving text message he received from the Black Panther actor. Gad took to Twitter to share a look at how Boseman really “knew how precious every moment was.”

Chadwick Boseman at the 2019 American Music Awards
Chadwick Boseman | Sarah Morris/FilmMagic

Chadwick Boseman died after his battle with colon cancer

On August 28, news of Boseman’s passing at age 43 from a four year battle with colon cancer broke everyone’s hearts. The actor never publicly spoke about his diagnosis.

His family confirmed Boseman’s death in a heartfelt Instagram post, noting, “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”

The statement continued, “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” they concluded.

Josh Gad shared Chadwick Boseman’s touching final text to him

Among the many tributes from Boseman’s fans, Josh Gad, who co-starred alongside the actor in the film Marshall, shared a final text message that illustrated how Boseman looked at the world.

“Breaking my twitter silence to share some beauty. This was one of my final texts from the brilliant & once-in-lifetime talent, @chadwickboseman — take this in & celebrate life. He knew how precious every moment was. Tonight the Heavens received one of its most powerful angels,” Gad tweeted.

The text message offered words of encouragement and beauty from Boseman, who wrote to Gad: “If you are in Los Angeles, you woke up this morning to the rare and peaceful sound of a steady precipitation. If you’re like me, maybe you looked at the week’s forecast and found that it’s supposed to rain for three straight days; not without breaks of sunlight and reprieves of moist gloom, but yeah it’s gonna be coming down like cats and dogs.”

“Great. We’re stuck inside these damn quarantines because of the Covid, and now we can’t even get no sun in Cali. Come on now!” Boseman continued. “But now that the rain has stopped and today’s storm has cleared, I urge you to go outside and take a DEEP breath. Notice how fresh the air is right now, after our skies have had a 3 week break from the usual relentless barrage of fumes from bumper to bumper LA commuters, and now today’s rain has given the City of Angels a long overdo and much-needed shower.”


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Chadwick Boseman shared his positive outlook with Josh Gad

Boseman’s text message continued with advice for Gad to “inhale and exhale this moment, and thank God for the unique beauties and wonders of this day.”

He added, “We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation, whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom. And hey, if the air is this clear right now, and it does rain tomorrow, I might even put jars and bins out and catch the rain. Throw that in the water filter and I have a water more alkaline than any bottled brand out there.”

Gad also posted a tear-filled Instagram video, saying, “There aren’t words to express what an amazing human being Chadwick Boseman was.”