Lupita Nyong’o took to social media on Tuesday and posted a beautiful tribute to her dear friend and Black Panther co-star, Chadwick Boseman.

It’s the first time, Lupita has publicly spoken about Chad since he departed this life on August 28 after a private 4-year battle with colon cancer.

In her tribute, the actress admitted she wrote her words “from a place of hopelessness” and she is “struggling to think and speak” about her friend, Chadwick Boseman, “in the past tense.”

Chadwick’s death is something that I can neither take in nor take in my stride right now. Perhaps with time…I’m going to take my time…and in his honor, I promise not to waste my time.

I hope you will do the same.

Read the full statement from Lupita Nyong’o below. (swipe embed for more)

Chadwick’s funeral service will be held in his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina.

Over the weekend, Chadwick’s family and Black Panther co-stars attended a private memorial service for him in Malibu, California.

My continued prayers and sincerest condolences to all who knew and love Chadwick.

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