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Chadwick Boseman’s private memorial held by wife with Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan

The forever 43-year-old icon was honored in an emotional seaside send-off

Family and friends gathered to memorialize the late Chadwick Boseman on Saturday, September 5. According to new photographs obtained by the Sun, which we will not be sharing out of respect for the grieving, loved ones paid their respects to the Black Panther icon seaside in Malibu. Chadwick’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward was joined by a number of famous faces like his co-stars Michael B. Jordan,  Lupita Nyong’o  and Winston Duke. The service took place approximately one week after the actor’s tragic death on Friday, August 28.

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Based on the photographs, it’s clear that the memorial was an incredibly heartfelt event. The ocean shimmered in the background as attendees hugged and remembered their friend. A photo of Chadwick was placed alongside a floral display. The service also appeared to include music from a hang drum.

News of  Chadwick’s death shocked the world  at the end of August, when it was announced he passed away after battling colon cancer in secret. Social media was flooded with tributes to the beloved superhero, but understandably some of his high profile friends took their time before putting any statement out into the world.

A few days after the news broke, Chadwick’s co-star Michael B. Jordan released a moving sentiment on Instagram. “I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel,” he began. “I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.” He added “I wish we had more time” poetically after each paragraph.

“One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked,” he continued, “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.”

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 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. I wish we had more time. 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. 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. 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. 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.

 

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“You cared about your family, your friends, your craft, your spirit,” he wrote. “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.” Read his full statement above and  click here for more tributes . Our thoughts remain with his loved ones.

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