Michael B. Jordan has spoken out about the death of his friend and “Black Panther” co-star, Chadwick Boseman.
The actor shared a post on Instagram revealing that he’s been “trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel.”
“I wish we had more time,” he explained as he recalled conversations and memories the two shared.
“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,” he wrote.
He noted that Boseman didn’t just play a hero, he was a hero in real life.
“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.”
Jordan said that he would be more conscious of how precious life is moving forward.
“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,” he concluded.
Boseman played King T’Challa in the Marvel superhero flick opposite Jordan, who starred as his villainous and power-hungry cousin, Erik Kilmonger.
The 43-year-old passed away on Friday after a secret battle with colon cancer.
"It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman," his family wrote in a statement. "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.”
It’s unclear if Jordan knew about his friend’s struggles or that he was ill while filming the blockbuster.
The statement added that he died surrounded by his family and wife, who he reportedly wed shortly before his passing.