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Marvel, Avengers, and Black Panther co-stars pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman

The post announcing the death and celebrating the life of Chadwick Boseman on Friday night had already broke the record for most liked tweet by Saturday, and on Sunday night, Marvel Studios and ABC released tributes to the 43-year-old actor. Marvel's tribute featured behind-the-scene footage from the filming of Black Panther and praise for Boseman from his co-stars, taped before his death from colon cancer. Boseman had kept his cancer a closely held secret.

ABC aired its remembrance, Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute For A King, after playing Black Panther commercial-free. This time his co-stars and colleagues honored an actor they knew had struggled with cancer while they had worked with him. Forest Whitaker remembered the change Boseman said he felt when he was crowned King T'Challa and the Black Panther.

Robert Downey Jr. called Black Panther the crown jewel of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was among those who were in the dark about Boseman's cancer, ABC News notes in its report on Boseman and his influence as a role model, especially for Black children. Watch that, and part of Boseman's Howard University commencement address, below. Peter Weber