The stars reflect on the life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman on his 46th birthday

Hollywood stars reflected on the life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman on what would have been his 46th birthday.

Actors including Marvel co-stars Chris Pratt, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Sebastian Stan, as well as Kate Hudson, have all urged fans to donate to his charity, the Boseman Foundation.

This year Boseman’s birthday, November 29, fell on Giving Tuesday, a “global initiative” that took place on the Tuesday after the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

The actor died in 2020 at the age of 43 from colon cancer.

The Boseman Foundation said all donations will go to its non-profit organization, which helps “encourage, support and promote the intellectual, spiritual and artistic growth of young people in the African diaspora.”

Black Panther star Gurira said Boseman taught her “how to be a vessel for something bigger than me.”

“Chadwick has always cared about his community and has shown me that it is a privilege to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

“He never wavered from being fully committed, fully present, trusting, loving, artist, purposeful, clear, kind and generous.

“That kind of example, which left us all, is one that profoundly changed me and was a huge gift to my life and my understanding of how to use it.

“How to be a vessel for something bigger than me, that’s what Chadwick taught me.”

His caption was signed: “Our king’s legacy will live on forever.”

Promoting the Boseman Foundation post, Pratt said Boseman was a “true leader.”

“He was strong, brave, loyal and most of all he was empathetic,” she wrote on her Instagram story.

“Chad was the kind of man who lit up a room when he walked in with a smile that didn’t stop.”

Stan said he too had been thinking about the “gifts” his co-star had given him.

“Today I thought about Chadwick and reflected on the legacy he left behind,” she said.

“I was thinking what a wonderful leader and human being he was and how much he inspired the world (and) inspired me, not just through his strength, but through his examples of love and empathy.

“I was thinking about a gift Chad might have given me and when I think about it, I guess what comes to mind is awareness and always remembering the potential I have as a human being.”

Hudson said Boseman was “devoted to his craft” and to his family, as she too shared her experiences with the actor and links to his foundation’s page.

“He was such a special man and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to know him,” she said.

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