The world was stunned by the death of actor Chadwick Boseman on Aug. 28 at the age of 43 following a long battle with colon cancer. While best known for his role as the Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ABC soap fans might remember Boseman as the first Reggie Porter Montgomery on ALL MY CHILDREN back in 2003. Michael B. Jordan, who took over the AMC role that year and played the character until 2006, also starred in Black Panther opposite Boseman and penned a heartfelt tribute to his late friend on Instagram.
“I’ve been trying to find the words but nothing comes close to how I feel,” Jordan wrote. “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,” he continued, “and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with AMC 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 is 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. 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 now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire,” Jordan concluded. “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.”
Beautiful words. Our thoughts are with Boseman’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.