Viola Davis broke down over Chadwick Boseman’s death – 69News WFMZ-TV

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Viola Davis broke down when she heard Chadwick Boseman had died.

Chadwick, 43, passed away earlier this year after a secret, four-year battle with colon cancer and his ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ co-star Viola admitted she struggled to cope with the news of his death.

She told Yahoo: «I broke down when I heard he passed. Lord knows we all would’ve wanted him to live another 50 years. We all want longevity. But I can’t see his life tragically at all. Because I felt like he was always living in the moment, squeezing out every bit of life. What it makes me think is, it’s not the quantity, it’s the quality.

«I would say his professional life has absolutely paralleled his personal life, that’s my guess, in terms of how he lived with the utmost integrity.»

Following Chadwick’s death in August, Viola was among a number of stars who paid tribute to him.

She wrote on social media at the time: «Chadwick…..no words to express my devastation of losing you. Your talent, your spirit, your heart, your authenticity……..It was an honor working beside you, getting to know you….Rest well prince…May flights of angels sing thee to thy heavenly rest. I love you! (sic)»

Meanwhile, Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently insisted the «immensely talented» star will not be replaced as King T’Challa in the upcoming ‘Black Panther’ sequel because his performance in the first movie was so powerful.

Speaking at Disney’s Investor Day summit, Kevin told attendees: “I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family. Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. And it’s for that reason that we will not recast the character.»

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