Fans of Chadwick Boseman will have to wait a little longer to see his last movie.
Netflix has canceled a virtual preview event of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” originally scheduled for Monday, in respect for the death of the talented actor, Deadline reported.
Boseman stars alongside Viola Davis and Colman Domingo in the film, which is based on August Wilson’s play.
A new date has not been set.
The “Back Panther” star died Friday at the age of 43 after a four-year, private fight with colon cancer, which had him in an out of surgeries and chemotherapy while filming some of his most iconic performances.
“We are heartbroken over today’s news of the passing of Chadwick Boseman, a ‘true fighter’ as his family called him in their poignant tribute,” Netflix said in a statement to Deadline.
“This is an incredible loss. We are canceling Monday’s preview event of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Please join us in sending your thoughts to his family and loved ones.”
Monday’s feature was going to include footage of the movie and commentary from Davis and the film’s director, George C. Wolfe.
“Chadwick was a superhero on screen and in life, and it’s impossible to imagine working at the level he has while valiantly battling his illness,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Co-CEO in a statement.
“His legacy as a person and an artist will inspire millions. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.”
Boseman has been praised for his commanding portrayals of black historical icons including Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshal. His death has lead to an outpouring of love from across the country.
Heartwarming anecdotes have immerged after Boseman’s passing, including that he visited terminally ill children while fighting cancer and that he married his longtime love, singer Taylor Simone Ledward before he died.
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