Lupita Nyong’o on Chadwick Boseman's Passing: "[He] Has Made the Infinite His Home"

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Lupita Nyong’o has shared a moving tribute to her friend, the late Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in late August after a years-long battle with colon cancer. Nyong’o starred opposite Boseman in the 2018 Marvel movie Black Panther, and the two actors grew close during the process. Boseman’s passing came as a surprise to some of his coworkers and friends, as the actor had kept his diagnosis private during his time in the spotlight.


In a statement posted to her social media accounts on Tuesday, Nyong’o spoke about working with Boseman on set.

“He showed up to every rehearsal and training and shoot day with his game face on. He was absorbent. Agile. He set the bar high by working with a generosity of spirit, creating an ego-free environment by sheer example, and he always had a warm gaze and a strong embrace to share.”

Nyong’o continued on to share her feelings about Chadwick’s impact and legacy as an actor and a person.

“When I was around Chadwick, I wanted to be better, less petty, more purposeful... He was fueled by love, not fear. He moved quietly, deliberately and without imposing himself or his ideals on others. And yet he also made damn sure that his life meant something. He cared so deeply about humanity, about Black people, about his people. He activated our pride. By pushing through and working with such high purpose in the films he chose to commit to, Chadwick has made the infinite his home.”


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Is anyone else who has undergone cancer treatment stunned at what he was able to accomplish while he was ill? I couldn’t make it from my hospital bed to the bathroom without peeing on myself because I was so weak it took forver to get out of the bed. Being physically weak is so painful.

Making the infinite his home is the very least he deserves; rest in power indeed.