Denzel Washington, who once paid Chadwick Bozman’s tuition, paid tribute to him.

“He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist who will stay with us forever through his iconic performances on his short yet famous career,” Washington said in a statement. “God bless Chadwick Boseman.”

On Sunday night, ABC aired a special “Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King” following the commercial release of “Black Panther”.

During the special, famous actress Philcia Rashad, while teaching at Howard University, spoke of guiding Bosman when she was a student there.

Rashad said he received a call that a group of his students had auditioned and been accepted for the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer program, but they would not be able to participate because they could not afford it.

“I called my friend, and he called me back and we talked about it for about five minutes, and he said, ‘Well, I’ve got this money.’

He was a friend of Washington Washington, and Boseman alluded to the statement during a speech honoring Washington last year when Washington was selected to receive the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

“With that being in luck, I was one of those students that he paid,” Bosman said. “Imagine receiving that letter paid for tuition for that summer and your consumer was none other than the most famous actor on the planet.”

Bozman added that he knew his story was not just of this kind and he added that “the blessings given by the sage and the king are more than silver and gold. It is a seed of hope, a bud of faith.”

Bozman said, “There’s no Black Panther without Denzel Washington.” And not just because of me, but because my whole cast – that pay generation – stands on your shoulders.

Apparently moved and Washington Shington gave the bossman a standing ovation after his speech.