Sterling K. Brown Honors Chadwick Boseman With Emotional Tribute Video: ‘I Grieve This Loss’

When the news broke about Chadwick Boseman’s death, his Black Panther and Marshall co-star Sterling K. Brown tweeted, “I don’t have the words” about the devastating loss. Now Brown has gathered a few thoughts for an emotional tribute to Boseman that he shared in an Instagram video.

Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, and Chadwick Boseman attend the 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival
Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, and Chadwick Boseman | Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

Chadwick Boseman died after a battle with colon cancer

On August 28, the news of Boseman’s passing after a four year battle with colon cancer, a diagnosis he never shared with anyone, was shared in a statement from his family. Boseman had continued to work during his cancer treatment, an almost unimaginable task, but the cancer progressed to stage IV.

His family wrote on his Instagram and Twitter accounts: “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 shared, “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 statement continued. “The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

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Sterling K. Brown pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman

At the time of Boseman’s passing, Brown took to Twitter to share a short message, writing: “I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed.”

On August 30, Brown shared a tribute video on Instagram, captioning it, “Take care, brother. Your time was short. Your light was exceptionally bright. Thank you for shining for all of us.”

In the video, Brown explained, “So… Chad and I… got a chance to work together on a couple of films, Marshall and Black Panther. I didn’t even actually have any scenes with him in Black Panther but I had quite a few with him in Marshall.”

“If still waters run deep, then Chadwick Boseman was a deep brother. Little did I know the whole time that I knew him that he was living with cancer,” the actor continued. “He was quiet, he was private, but he was still cool. There was a mutual respect and admiration and a willingness to share.”

Brown explained, “What I mean by that is I don’t think either one of us were impeded by the idea that it was him or I. We knew that there was room for everyone to play and share together.”

‘He was just a good dude’

Brown had hoped to work with his co-star again. “I looked forward to doing many, many more films with him and seeing him on many more red carpets and sharing a lifetime together and I grieve this loss,” he explained.

Brown continued, “I grieve this loss of another young black man and… you know, it’s not about racism or police brutality. This one is cancer. But cancer affects my community in a disproportionate way. While it is a fact of life, you just are saddened by death.”

“So much going on right now, you just, you don’t want to see anybody else die and… he was just a good dude. He was cool — as goofy as I am, he was equally cool,” Brown said. “And he cared. He cared about every line. He cared about every shot. He really, really cared and he’ll be missed… That’s it.”