The late Chadwick Boseman wasted no time becoming an acclaimed actor endeared by his fans. The talented star took over the big screen for an impressive run of record-breaking movies, including Marvel’s Black Panther, in which his role as King T’Challa gave the world a real-life example of how much representation matters. But, just as his star seemed to shine the brightest, Boseman, who was known for being incredibly private about his off-screen life, died on August 28, 2020, from colorectal cancer — a diagnosis no one outside of his immediate circle knew about. His death left fans shattered and confused, and yet somehow he also left everyone with an indescribable lasting inspiration.

In honor of his life and legacy, here are six reasons Chadwick Boseman will forever be our king.