Denzel Washington 'Wondered If Something Was Wrong' with Chadwick Boseman's Health Before His Death

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"I wondered if something was wrong because he seemed weak or tired sometimes," the actor/director added. "We had no idea, and it was nobody's business. Good for him, keeping it to himself."

Washington once quietly paid for Boseman and several of his Howard University classmates to attend an acting program at England's Oxford University. In 2019, Bosemanshared the full storywhile honoring Washington before theMalcolm Xactor accepted the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Many of you already know the story that Mr. Washington, when asked by Phylicia Rashadto join her in assisting nine theater students from Howard University who had been accepted to a summer acting program at the British Academy of Dramatic Acting in Oxford, gracefully and privately agreed to contribute," Boseman said in June 2019.

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"As fate would have it, I was one of the students that he paid for," he continued at the time. "Imagine receiving the letter that your tuition for that summer was paid for and that your benefactor was none other than the dopest actor on the planet. ... There is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington."

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Onthe Oscarsred carpet a year before that, Boseman opened up about the moment when he finally got a chance to thank Washington for his support.

"It was a fun conversation. The first thing he said was, 'You owe me money! I came to collect!' " Bosemanrecalledto ABC's Michael Strahan at the time. "It was so deep, I can't even go into it right now. We sort of just talked about what's been happening, what's about to happen."

In a statement after Boseman's death, Washington honored the actor, saying, "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. God bless Chadwick Boseman."

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