Denzel Washington gives tribute to Chadwick Boseman

A press release confirmed that Denzel Washington, a one time sponsor for Chadwick Boseman paid tribute to him. 

It read; "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 said in his statement "God bless Chadwick Boseman"

Famous actress Phylicia Rashad, Boseman's mentor back in Howard University attested to the fact that Denzel Washington sponsored Boseman's tuition. 

"I made a phone call to a friend of mine, and he called me back and we talked about it for about about five minutes and he said, okay I got this money"-She said

The friend she spoke of  was Washington and Boseman showed gratitude in a speech he made last year honoring Washington when he was selected to receive the American film institute's lifetime achievement award in 2019.

"There is no black panther without Denzel Washington" Boseman said 

"And not just because of me, but my whole cast that generation stands on your shoulders"

Washington was greatly moved by the speech and gave Boseman a standing ovation.