Letitia Wright paid tribute to her Black Panther co-star and close friend Chadwick Boseman with an emotional spoken word poem. Boseman tragically passed away on Friday (August 28) at age of 43 following a four year battle with colon cancer.
Wright and Boseman starred as Wakanda's royal siblings in Black Panther, Avenger's Infinity War and Avenger's End Game. Wright played Shuri opposite Boseman's T'Challa. Just as the character's shared a tight bond on-screen, Wright called Boseman "my brother, an angel on Earth" in the moving video she shared on Instagram on Tuesday (September 1).
Like many of Boseman's collaborators, Wright did not know he had been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016. Her initial response to the heartbreaking news was a tweet that simply read "this hurts. Really hurts." After a few days of social media silence, the 26-year-old actress shared a more in-depth eulogy for Boseman. To read Wright's tribute in full continue scrolling below the video:
"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.
I wish I got to say 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 focused on fulfilling 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 L.A. 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.
But now, my heart is broken. Searching for old message of exchange, cards filled with your handwriting and memories of you holding my hand as if it was for eternity.
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 front 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."