Chadwick Boseman death: How 'Black Panther' star Letitia Wright aka Shuri found a 'brother' in the late actor
Letitia Wright honored her 'friend' and 'brother' Chadwick Boseman in a touching tribute. Read the full transcript here
2020 dealt us with another cruel blow. We lost 'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman to colon cancer on August 28 and most of us fans are still coming to terms with it. The actor had been battling the illness for four years but made sure that it wasn't publicized in any manner. He soldiered on and continued to deliver some of his finest performances in 'Black Panther', 'Avengers Infinity War', 'Da 5 Bloods' and more.
His Marvel co-stars are still trying to accept the new reality and his on-screen 'sister' Letitia Wright, who played the role of Shuri, T'Challa's sister, in the films, just reminded us of her rich friendship with the star. In 'Black Panther', Shuri and T'Challa undoubtedly had a close sibling relationship, courtesy Boseman's and Wright's off-screen friendship. Who didn't love Shuri playfully messing with T'Challa whenever she got the opportunity to? And whenever it came down to it, she had her brother's back, just as he had hers.
Wright narrated a video on Instagram, where she gave us an insight into her friendship with the actor. In a quiet tone, she said that she always felt a sense of calm whenever he was in the room and she was sure that the world would be a better place because it had him in it. "It is written, there is nothing new under the sun. But the sun stood still that morning, refusing to shine. Dark clouds surrounding, confusion setting in. Tears flowing, rivers so deep.I didn't know this is what I was waking up to, my brother, an angel on earth, departed. A soul so beautiful. When you walked into a room, there was calm. You always moved with grace and ease. Every time I saw you, the world would be a better place. Words can't describe how I feel, how we all feel, that losing you was forced upon us, to accept this as a new reality."
She said that she wished she could have said goodbye. "I messaged you a couple times, but I thought you were just busy. I didn't know you were dealing with so much. But against all the odds, you remained focussed on fulfiling your purpose with the time handed to you. And I'll never forget the day that I met you, before I got on the plane to LA for my first meeting with you. God told me that you were my brother and that I am to love you as such, and I always did, and I always will."
She added that she is looking for his cards and messages and that she thought they had more time. "I thought we had more time, and many more years to come, for more laughter and for more moments of me picking on you on set. Leaning my head on your shoulders in the throne room, as Ryan gave us notes.
I thought this would be forever. This hurts. I'm trusting God to heal all wounds. It is also written that all things are made new, there is light in the darkness.
Streams of living water flow, giving new life. And all that's left now is for us to allow all the seeds that you have planted on the earth to grow, to blossom, to become even more beautiful. You're forever in my heart."
Just after the news of Boseman's death, Wright had just managed to write on Twitter, "This hurts. This really hurts."
In an old video back in 2018, Wright had talked about the screen tests, and how she felt when Chadwick came in. She said, "It was like I found my lost brother, the one I had never before. I fell in love with him as my big brother." Their videos of banter and 'sibling rivalry' in the film would always get much of a thumbs up from fans, as most of the YouTube comments said that the two looked like siblings in real life. Gathering from what we can from behind the scenes and cast moments, it seems as if the two had a beautiful friendship to cherish and that translated on to the perfect on-screen chemistry.