Michael B. Jordan Honors His ‘Black Panther’ Co-Star Chadwick Boseman in Heartfelt Tribute: ‘I Wish We Had More Time’

Michael B. Jordan just spoke out about the death of Chadwick Boseman. Taking to Instagram, Jordan penned a heartfelt tribute to his Black Panther co-star, who died on Aug. 28 after a secret battle with colon cancer. He offered a poignant portrait of Boseman as he remembered the late actor as a king, a hero, and his “brother” in a post that has garnered over four million likes so far.

Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman at an event in February 2018 | Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Read Michael B. Jordan’s full tribute to Chadwick Boseman

Jordan posted the note on the evening of Aug. 31, three days after news broke that Boseman had lost a four-year battle with colon cancer.

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything,” Jordan wrote alongside a photo of him and Boseman standing together. “I wish we had more time.”

“Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are,” Jordan continued. “Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family, your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.”

“I wish we had more time,” he repeated.

Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman in January 2018 | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

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He went on: “One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. I wish we had more time.”

“I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother,” Jordan concluded.

Jordan’s relationship with Boseman dates back to the early 2000s, when Jordan was hired to replace Boseman on All My Children after the 42 actor allegedly got fired over complaints about the role. They went on to star in 2018’s Black Panther together and appeared to develop a close friendship before Boseman’s death.

Chadwick Boseman’s death was announced by his family

Boseman never commented on his diagnosis before his death on Aug. 28. His family announced the news on social media via a statement that said, “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. “

“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,” the statement continued, before mentioning that he died at home surrounded by his wife and family.

Thousands of others mourned Boseman’s death on social media, including other Avengers actors such as Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo.

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