Black Panther actress Dorothy Steel passes away at the age of 95 after filming scenes for the sequel to the Marvel Comics-based blockbuster
- The performer died at her home in Detroit, Michigan on Friday morning
- A cause of death was not immediately given to the public
- She previously expressed that her experience working on the film as ‘just amazing, it truly was’
- The performer had previously filmed scenes for the upcoming sequel to the 2018 blockbuster, entitled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
- The actress was also featured in numerous other productions, including the adventure-comedy feature Jumanji 2: The Next Level
Dorothy Steel, who portrayed an elder in the highly successful Marvel Comics-based film Black Panther, has passed away at the age of 95.
According to People, the actress died on Friday morning at her home in Detroit, and her passing was confirmed by her agent, Cindy Butler, although a cause of death was not immediately given.
The performer was previously involved in the production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which started filming this past June, and she was flown back to her hometown to spend time with her family.
Departed: Black Panther actress Dorothy Steel passed away at the age of 95 at her home in Detroit on Friday morning
Butler also commented on Steel’s reserve at the end of her life, as she stated: ‘She went out strong.’
The performer previously spoke about her motivation for joining the cast of the film during an appearance on Steve, where she noted via People that her grandson encouraged her to take on a role in the project.
She recalled that ‘he said, “Grandma, you always talk about stepping out onto nothing, letting your faith take you there. Now how come you don’t do it yourself.” He said, “Either you’re gonna step out there or you’re gonna shut up.”‘
Steel also discussed her role in the feature during a sit-down with WSB-TV 2, where she expressed that she did not envision appearing in a film at any point in her past.
‘It was just amazing, it truly was. If anyone would have told me I would be an actor, I would’ve said you got to be out of your mind,’ she said.
She also pointed out via her publicist that her appearance in the forthcoming sequel to Black Panther ‘was going to be my last role.’
Impressed: Steel previously expressed that she did not expect to embark on a career in acting and described her experience working on Black Panther as ‘just amazing, it truly was’
Steel went on to speak about her former costar, Chadwick Boseman, and commented that the late actor was very affectionate towards her while they worked on the 2018 feature.
‘Chadwick the King. Every day, he would make sure if I was on the set, he would come by and make sure he gave me a big old hug and kiss,’ she recalled.
The actress also spoke abut the pride that she and her costars felt on the set of the feature and expressed that she was happy to have been involved with the project.
‘We were one big melting pot of Black people and we knew we were doing something that had never been done before,’ she said.
Steel made a point of expressing that the women in the feature were every bit as important as the men and that they were worthy of more screen presence in the future.
‘We have power and it’s time for us to step up and take over. That’s what we have to do and take over,’ she stated.
Beloved: Steel also spoke highly of her late costar, Chadwick Boseman, who would ‘come by and make sure he gave me a big old hug and kiss’ whenever she was on set
According to IMDb, the late actress’ first role was as Ms. Williams in a 2015 episode of the series The Trouble with Going Somewhere.
She appeared in several other projects before being featured in several episodes of the program Saints & Sinners, where she portrayed Mother Harris.
Steel went on to appear as a village elder in the 2019 adventure-comedy feature Jumanji: The Next Level.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in which she will be seen, is currently scheduled for a release on July 8th, 2022.