'Black Panther' Actress Dorothy Steel Has Passed Away at the Age of 95
Dorothy Steel Launched Her Screen Career at 88: The Black Panther Star Has Sadly Passed Away!
Dorothy Steel, who played a tribal elder in the 2018 blockbuster Black Panther, is no more. The actress was aged 95 when she left the world on Friday morning at her home in Detroit. Her agent, Cindy Butler, confirmed the tragic news on Facebook. "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.
Revealing no cause of death, Butler further writes, "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." A few days before her death, Dorothy was filming for the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
No cause of death is revealed at the moment.
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Steel was born on February 23, 1926, in Detroit. Black Panther was Steel's feature film debut. However, the actress was hesitant to audition for the role at first. Calling the project a comic strip, Steel thought she wasn't fit for the role or the movie. The actress later revealed she took the leap after being encouraged by her grandson.
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Dorothy got a call back for the role after an hour, and the next thing she knew, she had joined the cast league that consisted of stars like Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, and Danai Gurira. "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," Steel said during a conversation.
Before her death, Steel was filming for the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
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Dorothy's other credits include Poms, Jumanji: The Next Level, Black Majick, and The Refuge. No details of the memorial have been disclosed yet, but as per Butler, Steel had a premonition of the inevitable hence instructed him beforehand. "She told me to tell everyone that arrangements and flowers where to send will be posted via Facebook, She was still telling me what to do. That was my Ms.Dorothy WAKANDAFOREVER," Butler added.
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