CHADWICK Boseman and Naya Rivera were remembered at the virtual Emmys after their shocking deaths in 2020.
Fans were reminded of the two stars’ passing during the awards show as musician H.E.R. performed live to honor their memories as well as others that Hollywood lost.
The Grammy winner sang her version of Nothing Compares 2 U while a montage of stars gone played .
Others notable faces included Regis Philbin, who died at the age of 88 on July 14, Carl Reiner, Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard, and Kirk Douglas.
The segment ended with a quote from the Black Panther star: “Purpose crossed disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you.
“It’s the reason you’re on the planet at this particular time in history.
“The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”
The actor died on August 28 at the age of 43 following a four-year battle with colon cancer as his family confirmed it in a statement.
It read: “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”
They added: “The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
One month prior, the Glee star was found dead five days after she was reported missing while out on a boat with her young son, Josey, at Lake Piru in Ventura .
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She was 33.
After her death was confirmed, Naya’s family said: “We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for Naya, Josey and our family over the past week.
“While we grieve the loss of our beautiful legend, we are blessed to honor her everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit.
“Naya was an amazing talent, but was an even greater person, mother, daughter and sister.”