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'Black Panther' Star Winston C. Duke Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman -- 'You Will NEVER Be Forgotten'

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By Mike Walters

'Black Panther' star Winston C. Duke is paying tribute to his fellow co-star Chadwick Boseman, in a heartfelt message describing how much of a leader and friend he was to Duke and the entire cast.

Winston, who played 'M'Baku' in the hit movie, posted a lengthy message on Instagram celebrating the life and legacy of Boseman.

"How do I start to honor a man who I saw as a giant in many ways; with whom I thought I had so much more time...I am absolutely devastated by the loss of my friend and hero, Chadwick Boseman...," he began.

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'I'm In Pain And I Can't Believe He's Gone'

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He contiuned, "I feel sick ... I’m in pain and I can’t belive he’s gone. Chadwick was a lightning rod for me... he gave me direction... when I saw “42”, I said, I could be like THIS guy. I knew I belonged because I could see myself in you... that’s what heroes do... they seem familiar because they make it possible for us to see our potential best selves demonstrated through them..."

In the message, Winston describes Boseman helping him during his 'Black Panther' audition.

"Through seeing Chad’s work, I was able to say, “I could be just like you one day“ and when I saw you in person for the first time... at my audition for Black Panther, you acknowledged me and my dream by saying, “he’s ready”! Man, your words that day made me feel like my dream was finally real!" he wrote.

'Showed Us Everyday What It Was To Be A Leading Man'

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Duke included an inside look at how much Chadwick contributed to the success of his fellow actors and showed just how gracious of a person he was on set.

"Chadwick then proceeded to show us collectively every day on set what it was to be a leading man. Not only through his work but by how he welcomed and created a space for all of us to feel safe, open, and bold ... You even worked with me 1 on 1, on our scenes, so that we could get it right, well before the day of the filming...Chadwick, Thank you!" he posted.

'Thank You For Being Someone I Can Look Up Too'

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Winston, who starred in several other Marvel flicks, end his tribute, "Chadwick, you are the best...you are me and I’m you and we are all one! Thanks for being someone I could look up to on and off screen ... your calm confidence was inspiring and exemplary. Thanks for sharing with me... you go ahead ...you did your job and did it well! You will NEVER be forgotten. Your heroism is now legend. We’ll carry the load and honor your legacy, the rest of the way! Bless King! #chadwickboseman #wakandaforever"

As we reported, Boseman died after privately battling colon cancer for four years. He was 43.

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