Lupita Nyong'o pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman on anniversary of his death

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Photo credit: Cindy Ord - Getty Images

Lupita Nyong'o has honoured Black Panther co-star and close friend Chadwick Boseman a year after his death.

The Oscar-winner shared a photo of herself enjoying a moment with Boseman backstage at an event for the Marvel film in 2018, and posted the message: "I did not know that I could miss both his laughter and his silence in equal measure. I do. I do... One year after his passing, the memory of @chadwickboseman remains this alive in me."

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Boseman's fellow Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Oscar-nominated co-star Viola Davis commented: "My Heart."

The world was in mourning when the actor, beloved for roles such as T'Challa in Black Panther, Jackie Robinson in 42, and James Brown in Get On Up, died of cancer aged 43 last year. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer but had not made the information public.

"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much," his family had shared in a statement. "From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Raineys Black Bottom and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honour of his career to bring King TChalla to life in Black Panther."

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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

Earlier this year, Boseman won a posthumous Golden Globe Award for his performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, earning the trophy for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. He became the first Black posthumous winner and the fourth Black actor to win the category. The star had also been nominated for an Oscar for his role in the critically acclaimed musical biopic.

Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong'o will be reprising her role as Nakia, T'Challa's former lover and an undercover spy for Wakanda in Black Panther 2, for which filming is currently underway.

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