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Fans pay tribute after actress who played elder in Black Panther dies


A  95 year old actress who played one of the Wakanda elders in the movie Black Panther has died.

Dorothy Steel, who played Merchant Tribe Elder on the Marvel film, died at her Detroit home, her agent Cindy Butler confirmed, according to People. A cause of death was not shared.

“It’s with a heavy heart I announce this morning Dorothy Steel transitioned this morning in her hometown of Detroit.  That is what she wanted to be home,” Butler wrote. “Thank you Ms. Dorothy for giving me the opportunity to ride this wave with you. Thank you for all the Casting Directors who hired Ms. Dorothy. Thank you to the world for loving on her from afar.”

Dorothy was in the middle of filming “Black Panther 2” when she died, according to her publicist. The Marvel franchise flew her home to Detroit to spend her last moments with loved ones

Lupita Nyongo joined fans in mourning her passing, as fans said she has encouraged people that it’s not too late to start life.

Our condolences go out to Dorothy Steel’s family and loved ones, including those at Marvel Studios.

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