Robert Downey Jr. Feels There Is ‘a Void Now’ Following Chadwick Boseman’s Death

Robert Downey Jr. is one of the many remembering Chadwick Boseman. On Aug. 30, Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King – A Special Edition of 20/20 aired on ABC. During the special, Downey made an appearance and gave a tribute to Boseman.

Robert Downey Jr. Chadwick Boseman
Robert Downey Jr. and Chadwick Boseman | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Chadwick Boseman never spoke publicly about his diagnosis

Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. He never publicly announced the diagnosis, and he worked on several movies even as the cancer progressed to stage IV before 2020.

A statement released on Aug. 28 announced Boseman’s death due to complications related to colon cancer, reading:

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣

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.”

“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.”

Robert Downey Jr. gave a tribute for Chadwick Boseman

For Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King – A Special Edition of 20/20, several of Boseman’s Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars spoke about their friendship with the actor. Kamala Harris, Oprah Winfrey, and Whoopi Goldberg also made appearances.

“Toward the end of the third Avengers, the Infinity War, there’s this… we all kind of ‘lose’ together,” said Downey. “And I remember it was one of those few days that all of the Avengers were together. And there was just the way that he walked on set and the immense success that had occurred, and rightfully so, with Black Panther.”

He continued, “He was just in this kind of, stratus of his own, but always, always humble, always hardworking, always a smile on his face. Now, looking back, all the more I’ve realized what an incredibly graceful human being he was.”

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In his tribute, Downey also praised the MCU’s Black Panther and Boseman’s legacy.

“It was about six or eight weeks ago, I reached out to him amidst the George Floyd protests and he had such a thoughtful and kind of informative refrain for me as I was on a bit of a listening tour,” he said. “And Black Panther is hands down, it is the crowning achievement of the Marvel Universe… His legacy is so meaningful… there’s a void now.”

Robert Downey Jr. posted about Chadwick Boseman on Instagram

In addition to appearing on Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King – A Special Edition of 20/20, Downey also mourned his friend in an Instagram post.

“Mr. Boseman leveled the playing field while fighting for his life… That’s heroism… I’ll remember the good times, the laughter, and the way he changed the game… #chadwickforever,” Downey wrote on Instagram.