IT was an announcement that stunned millions around the world: Chadwick Boseman, the 43-year-old star of Black Panther and the Avengers movies, suddenly passed away from colon cancer.
While he was an accomplished actor, it was his role as T’Challa, the superhero and ruler of the fictional nation of Wakanda, that made him a household name throughout the world.
On their social media feeds, NBA stars paid tribute to the late actor.
“Rest in Paradise King,” wrote LeBron James.
He captioned his post #TheHellWith2020.
The Pacers reposted the photo of Victor Oladipo at the 2018 All-Star Weekend, where he wore a Black Panther mask and got a Wakanda salute from Boseman.
“Rest in power, Chadwick Boseman,” wrote the team.
Oladipo himself could only react to the news in disbelief on Twitter.
The Cavs’ Kevin Love posted a photo of Chadwick Boseman in another famous role — that of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first Black player, from the movie 42.
Pau Gasol did the same.
Retired Heat star Dwyane Wade wrote, “Rest in Heaven.”
The Wizards’ Bradley Beal acknowledged what we all realized today — that in the middle of filming the biggest movies of his career, Boseman was already fighting with cancer.
On the PBA side, Joe Devance posted a picture from Black Panther, and wrote on Instagram, “You will forever be remembered . You fought till the end like the true KING you are! We all love you!”
Here are other tweets and tributes from around the hoops world: