The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards opened with a solemn tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday after a personal battle with colon most cancers.
Host Keke Palmer addressed the “devastating loss” in a prerecorded section memorializing the “Black Panther” actor forward of the digital ceremony on Sunday.
“Earlier than we get into the music tonight, we have to speak concerning the devastating lack of Chadwick Boseman, an actor whose expertise and fervour is a real inspiration to all of the followers he touched and everybody he encountered,” she mentioned. “We dedicate tonight’s present to a person whose spirit touched so many. He’s a real hero. Not simply on display screen however in every little thing he did. His influence lives eternally.”
Boseman, who by no means spoke publicly about his analysis, died at his Los Angeles residence together with his household and spouse Taylor Simone Ledward by his facet. The actor continued to movie a slew of blockbuster films after being identified with colon most cancers 4 years in the past, his household revealed in an announcement.
After Palmer’s speech, MTV aired its personal tribute to Boseman, resurfacing his look on the MTV Film Awards in 2018. After accepting the Finest Hero trophy throughout the ceremony, Boseman invited James Shaw Jr., who disarmed a gunman throughout a capturing in a Tennessee Waffle Home, to the stage.
“Receiving an award for taking part in a superhero is wonderful,” Boseman mentioned, “nevertheless it’s even better to acknowledge the heroes we have now in actual life.”
“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and star Danai Gurira each shared heartbreaking statements over social media on Sunday.
“As a result of he was a caretaker, a frontrunner, and a person of religion, dignity and pleasure, he shielded his collaborators from his struggling,” Coogler wrote. “He lived a phenomenal life. And he made nice artwork. Day after day, 12 months after 12 months. That was who he was.”
“How do you honor a king?” Gurira mentioned in her personal assertion. “Reeling from the lack of my colleague, my good friend, my brother. Struggling for phrases. Nothing feels sufficient. I at all times marveled at how particular Chadwick was. Such a pure-hearted, profoundly beneficiant, regal, enjoyable man.”
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