The country music community is honoring the life and career of ‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman after he passed away at the age of 43.
Many country artists took to social media to mourn the loss of the actor after the shocking news came out. Rita Wilson posted a sentimental message about Boseman and how awful of a disease cancer can be.
“Anyone who has had cancer understands the journey one goes through,” she wrote. “He was on his journey quietly and still managed to create beautiful work while in treatment. He is gone to [sic] soon, too young.”
Noting his ties with baseball and Jackie Robinson, Tim McGraw also sent out a post about those battling cancer, like that of which Boseman lost his fight.
“We must fight this horrible disease with everything we can,” McGraw said, in the wake of the actor’s death.
Mickey Guyton went on Twitter to express her grief over the loss of Boseman, posting her own kind words about him as well as retweeting other memorable moments connected to his career.
“I am not ok. Waking up with a heavy heart and then seeing how compassionate this beautiful man was even while fighting his own battle with cancer. I can’t handle it. Heaven truly got an angel,” she wrote.
Other stars like Maren Morris, Danielle Bradbery, Jimmie Allen and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town put up tributes to Boseman on their Instagram stories, which disappear from the feed 24 hours after they are posted. Many sent their love and prayers to his family as they grieve this trying moment in their lives.
Boseman was known for his diverse resume of roles he played throughout his acting career. Some of his most iconic performances include Jackie Robinson in ’42,’ James Brown in ‘Get On Up,’ Thurgood Marshall in ‘Marshall’ and King T’Challa in ‘Black Panther.’
The actor had been battling colon cancer for the past four years, according to an official statement posted on his Instagram account. He was originally diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in 2016 before it progressed to Stage IV in his more recent years.
The statement also confirms Boseman was surrounded by his wife and family at the time of his death.