*Spike Lee has opened up about working with actor Chadwick Boseman in the 2020 film “Da 5 Bloods.”
Lee honored Boseman with a heartfelt tribute during his annual Brooklyn MJ Block Party for Michael Jackson‘s birthday on Saturday (Aug. 29), E! News reports.
The Oscar winner said he was “floored by the crushing news and loss of a great brother,” and dedicated Jackson’s song “Gone Too Soon” to him. Lee also recalled what it was like working with Boseman on his film “Da 5 Bloods.”
“We filmed Da 5 Bloods in Thailand, and it was hot, jungles, mountains, and Chadwick was there with us all the way. I never, ever suspected that anything was wrong. No one knew he was going through treatment, chemotherapy,” Lee shared.
He added, “A trooper. He never complained. He was there every single minute, in the moment, and his performance is testament to what he put into that role and all his roles.”
Lee concluded, “We miss you, Chadwick, we’re going to celebrate your life.”
Boseman died at home, with his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, and family by his side.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” his family wrote in a statement on social media Friday.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement continued. “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.”
The family also said, “It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Boseman’s upcoming Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” has been delayed out of respect for his family and those mourning his loss.