Chadwick Boseman hid colon cancer diagnosis from others, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler says

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The director of Black Panther writes a tribute to his lead actor and friend Chadwick Boseman, "a man of faith, dignity and pride", who died last week of colon cancer aged 43.
An emotional tribute to American actor Chadwick Boseman by film director Ryan Coogler has hailed the late actor as "a man of faith, dignity and pride".

Key points: Boseman died of colon cancer last week, aged 43

Boseman died of colon cancer last week, aged 43 Black Panther director Ryan Coogler says Boseman has left "an incredible mark"

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler says Boseman has left "an incredible mark" He says he was unaware of Boseman's illness and had been writing new lines for the actor for future projects

Boseman, who starred in many recent films including Black Panther, died last week after battling colon cancer.

Coogler was the director of Black Panther, a movie from the Marvel franchise which was released in 2018.

In a long tribute to his lead actor and friend, Coogler described Boseman as an "epic firework" who "made great art, day after day, year after year".

"I haven't grieved a loss this acute before. I spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say, that we weren't destined to see," Coogler wrote.

"It leaves me broken knowing that I won't be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take.

"I will tell stories about being there for some of the brilliant sparks till…
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