Denzel Washington Honors Chadwick Boseman


( ENSPIRE Trending News ) Denzel Washington Honors Chadwick Boseman Years After Secretly Paying for His Acting Classes

Denzel Washington describes Chadwick Boseman as a “gentle soul,” years after paying for the late actor’s tuition in a prestigious theater program. Boseman died at the age of 43 following a years-long battle with colon cancer.

Washington Stated, “He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career,” Washington, 65, said in a statement following Boseman’s death on Friday. “God bless Chadwick Boseman.”

Denzel Washington, Chadwick Boseman posing for the camera: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Washington served as a producer on one of the last films Boseman worked on before his death, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. But his connection to the Black Panther star goes much deeper — he once quietly paid for Boseman, and several of his Howard University classmates, to attend an acting program at England’s Oxford University.

Last year, Boseman shared the full story while honoring Washington before the Malcolm X actor accepted the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.