The Oscar winner took to Instagram on Saturday to share a message about Boseman. “Heartbroken to hear of @chadwickboseman’s passing,” Costner writes. “He was such a light to everyone around him and to the world. He leaves an incredible legacy.”
Costner and Boseman previously appeared together in the 2014 film, Draft Day. Costner portrayed an NFL general manager named Sonny Weaver trying to rebuild his team. Boseman played Vontae Mack, a pro football prospect.
Kevin Costner and More Celebrities React to Chadwick Boseman’s Death
Earlier this weekend, Boseman died in his Los Angeles home. The actor’s official Twitter account shared the news in a statement on Friday night.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement reads. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”
According to the statement, Boseman endured cancer treatments and underwent a number of medical procedures all while filming major films. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement continued. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
While Boseman held the starring role in a number of Hollywood blockbusters, he particularly favored portraying King T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the MCU, also took to social media to mourn Boseman’s passing.
“It was the honor of his career to bring Kingi T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the statement reads. “He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Furthermore, Boseman impacted more than just those in Hollywood. According to Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden, the 42 star also influenced others across multiple generations.
Chadwick Boseman is survived by his wife and family.