Lupita Nyong'o honors Chadwick Boseman, who 'made damn sure that his life meant something'

Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong'o take part in SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Black Panther hosted by SiriusXM's Sway Calloway on February 13, 2018 in New York City.
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Black Panther star Lupita Nyong'o is remembering Chadwick Boseman as a "man who had great hope" in an emotional tribute following his tragic death.

Nyong'o, who starred as Nakia alongside Boseman in Black Panther, mourned the late actor on Instagram on Tuesday. Boseman died on Aug. 28 following a four-year battle with colon cancer.

"I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense," Nyong'o wrote. "It doesn't make sense. The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning."

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The actress praised Boseman as someone who "made the most of his time" while still managing "to take his time," recalling how she was struck by his "quiet, powerful presence" when she worked with him and reflecting on his "profound effect" on her and how he "made damn sure that his life meant something."

"His power lives on and will reverberate for generations to come," Nyong'o wrote. "He used his life force to tell meaningful stories. And now we tell his." She concludes that in honor of Boseman, "I promise not to waste my time. I hope you will do the same."

Boseman died after privately been battling colon cancer for years as he worked on movies like Black Panther. Tributes have continued to pour in for the actor, including from his Marvel collaborators like Michael B. Jordan, who wrote, "I'm dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets." Read Nyong'o's full tribute to Boseman below. Brendan Morrow

View this post on InstagramFor the beloved #ChadwickBoseman. #TakeYourTimeButDontWasteYourTimeA post shared by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on Sep 8, 2020 at 6:07am PDT

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.