in memoriam

Michael B. Jordan Mourns Black Panther Co-star Chadwick Boseman: ‘I Wish We Had More Time’

Jordan, left, and Boseman. Photo: Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Adversaries on the big screen, close friends in real life, Michael B. Jordan wrote an Instagram tribute to his Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman on Monday, calling the late actor a “legend and hero” following Boseman’s death of colon cancer on Friday. “I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel,” Jordan writes. “I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug … everything. I wish we had more time.”

“One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked, and now the truth of that means more to me than ever,” the actor says. “Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not … I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. I wish we had more time. Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are.”

“Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most,” Jordan writes. “You cared about your family, your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time. I’m more aware than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage and no regrets. “Is this your king!” Yes. he. Is! Rest in Power Brother.”

Michael B. Jordan Mourns ‘Legend and Hero’ Chadwick Boseman