The sport world, including LeBron James and Lewis Hamilton, has paid tribute to Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman after his family announced he died from cancer.
Boseman, the star of Marvel’s mega-hit Black Panther, died on Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 43.
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Boseman played Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film ‘42,’ and died on Major League Baseball’s annual day of celebration for the player that broke down colour barriers within the sport.
Depsite his many movies, Boseman was best-known for playing Marvel character King T’Challa.
A statement from Boseman’s Twitter account confirmed the news.
"It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman," the statement read.
"It was the honour of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther."
His role in Black Panther was a watershed moment in Hollywood and inspired millions around the world to adopt the ‘Wakanda Forever’ pose.
Following the news, players paid their respects to the actor.
NBA star LeBron James adopted the ‘Wakanda Forever’ pose as the LA Lakers gave a moment of silence to honour the actor.
Teams also paid respect to Boseman before their playoff games.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 30, 2020
The Rockets and Thunder share a moment of silence to honor Chadwick Boseman, Lute Olson and Cliff Robinson. pic.twitter.com/AJbxneLJc2
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 29, 2020
Rest in power @chadwickboseman !! Your legacy will live forever. 2020 man, been a tough one 💔
Just met you for the first time at all star... never stopped having this smile on your face... 😭😭🙏🏽 https://t.co/aYxDjEJHuV
F1 champ Lewis Hamilton stood on his Mercedes and pulled the pose before the Belgium qualifying round.
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also celebrated with ‘Wakanda Forever’ when he put Arsenal up against Liverpool in the Community Shield match.
MLS star Keaton Park also celebrated in the same fashion.
Baseball also paid its respect.
The LA Dodgers and San Deigo Padres stood for a moment of silence.
The players were wearing No.42 in memory of Jackie Robinson, an aforementioned trailblazing baseball star Boseman played in a film.
A moment of silence for Chadwick Boseman prior to today’s game. pic.twitter.com/knKv6yObgq
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 29, 2020
A moment of silence for Chadwick Boseman. pic.twitter.com/VXPbVhEEQu
Tennis star Serena Williams praised Boseman’s ability to bring ‘millions and millions’ of people together.
You brought millions and millions of people together to be entertained, educated, to see ourselves, make us laugh, smile, and feel empowered. Thank you. Chadwick forever. pic.twitter.com/MB5d8A4gBR
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 29, 2020
Former WWE wrestler The Rock also paid his respects to a fellow Hollywood star.