As if 2020 weren’t bad enough, Hollywood loses another star. US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Marvel’s Black Panther, has died at the age of 43 after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler describes Boseman as calm and assured in his long and loving tribute. “He never discussed his diagnosis in public and shielded his collaborators from his suffering,” Coolger wrote. “Chad deeply valued his privacy, and I wasn’t privy to the details of his illness. After his family released their statement, I realised that he was living with his illness the entire time I knew him. Because he was a caretaker, a leader, and a man of faith, dignity and pride, he shielded his collaborators from his suffering. He lived a beautiful life. And he made great art. Day after day, year after year. That was who he was. He was an epic firework display. I will tell stories about being there for some of the brilliant sparks till the end of my days. What an incredible mark he’s left for us.”
Boseman’s stylist Ashley Weston also took to Instagram on August 29 to pay tribute to her friend and client. “My big brother. My King. I can still see your beautiful smile and hear your infectious laugh. You stood beside me during some of the biggest moments of my life: When I got married, when loved ones passed away, and when my husband was sick — you were there for me, always and without hesitation,” She wrote. “As you walked out this final door, I wish I could’ve hugged YOU and told YOU how much I loved and appreciated everything you did for me.”
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The late actor starting working with Ashley since his 2014 movie Get On Up, and the pair had worked together ever since. Here are Chadwick Boseman’s 5 most iconic red carpet looks, styled by Ashley.