Chadwick Boseman: Tributes pour in for Black Panther actor

Big names from the world of entertainment, sport and politics are paying tribute to American actor Chadwick Boseman, who has died aged 43.

The Black Panther star was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 but had never spoken about it publicly.

His family said he had filmed many of his recent movies while undergoing “countless surgeries”.

Among those celebrating his life was former US President Barack Obama, who said the actor was “blessed”.

“Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson,” Mr Obama tweeted, referring to the 2013 film 42.

“You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.”

Racing driver Lewis Hamilton dedicated his pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix to the actor.

“He’s inspired a whole generation of young black men and women and provided them with a true superhero to look up to. Rest in power my friend,” he wrote on Twitter.

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