On the night the Bulls selected him No. 7 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, Wendell Carter Jr. famously donned a black suit with a colorful cloth shoulder covering inspired by the movie Black Panther.
Ive seen the movie a couple times, and one scene he had a drape that went across the front of his suit, so I thought, why dont I try it out? Carter said that night.
So its no surprise that when the family of Chadwick Boseman, who starred as King TChalla in the landmark film, confirmed Boseman passed away at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer Friday night, Carter was quick to honor the iconic actors life and legacy.
Inspired me in so many different ways, Carter wrote in an Instagram post. Prayers to his friends and family. A true legend.
Zach LaVine shared a Tweet celebrating Boseman and Kobe Bryant's lives. Both were lost in 2020.
There are simultaneously no words, and not enough of them, to describe the gravity and surreality of this loss. The familys statement said Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. Since then, hes graced screens across the globe in memorable roles from Thurgood Marshall to TChalla to, most recently, Stormin Norman in Spike Lees 2020 release, Da 5 Bloods. He was a judge at the dunk contest at All-Star Weekend in Chicago just over six months ago. All while his fight raged largely out of the public eye.
Before his diagnosis, Boseman also notably starred as James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in the widely-acclaimed 42. Cruelly, he passed on Jackie Robinson Day, as players across Major League Baseball commemorated Robinson breaking the color barrier in the sport in 1947.
Boseman is survived by his loving wife and family, and leaves behind an enduring legacy as one of the most impactful artists of his generation. Gone far too soon. Rest in power.