Tributes have poured in for Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman following his death at the age of 43. 

Chadwick Boseman passed away at his home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side after battling colon cancer for the past 4 years.

His death has shocked the entertainment world as Boseman kept his illness private, even while working on high profile movies.

In a statement, his family said: "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. 

"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. 

"It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther."

Stars of stage and screen have flooded social media with tributes to Boseman. Mark Ruffalo, who starred alongside him in several Marvel films, wrote: "It was the highest honour getting to work with you and getting to know you. What a generous and sincere human being.

"You believed in the sacred nature of the work and gave your all. Much love to your family. And much love from all of us left here."

"All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman.

"What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King."

Don Cheadle, who also starred with Boseman in the Marvel films, shared a picture of them together, with the caption: "i will miss you, birthday brother. you were always light and love to me. my god ...  forever and ever ..."

Denzel Washington - who paid for Chadwick Boseman to study acting in the UK - described the Black Panther actor as a "gentle soul and brilliant artist".

Boseman revealed in 2018 that Washington paid the fees for an acting course in Oxford almost 20 years before.

"He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career," he told the Hollywood Reporter.

"God bless Chadwick Boseman."

Rolling Stone singer Mick Jagger wrote on Twitter: "It's so sad to hear of Chadwick Boseman's passing.

"He was a wonderful, funny, kind man and a very talented actor. He will be missed by so many." 

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry shared a picture of Boseman and said: "Here's to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles.

"You never truly know what the people around you might be going through - treat them with kindness and cherish every minute you have together. RIP #ChadwickBoseman."

Kate Hudson also paid tribute, saying Boseman's death was "devastating". She wrote on Instagram: "I have no words, just love and tears at the moment. Sending all this love to his family and all the film families that had the pleasure to work along side this beautiful man. Rest my friend."

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Award-winning actor Sterling K Brown had a supporting role in Black Panther and shared a tribute to Boseman on Twitter. He said: "I don't have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed."

The film Academy described Boseman's death as an "immeasurable loss". It added: "From Black Panther to Da 5 Bloods, Chadwick Boseman brought strength and light to the screen, every time."

Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot tweeted: "I'm so shocked and sad.. RIP Chadwick
- I'm sending my condolences to all the family.."

I'm so shocked and sad.. RIP Chadwick ?????? I’m sending my condolences to all the family..

— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) August 29, 2020

Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt tweeted: "My prayers go out to Chadwick's family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul."

My prayers go out to Chadwick's family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul. #wakandaforever

— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 29, 2020