Dorothy Steel, Merchant Tribe Elder From Wakanda Has Passed Away at 95

According to WSB-TV, Steel passed away last Friday morning (Oct. 15) at her home in Detroit. “She went out strong,” her publicist told the outlet. Prior to her death, Steel was in the middle of filming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which started production this past June. The Marvel franchise reportedly flew her home so she could spend her final moments with her loved ones. As of this report, her cause of death has not been revealed to the public.

Steel has acted in several other movies, including Poms, Daisy Winters and Jumanji: The Next Level. She also appeared on a few television shows such as BET’s “The Oval” and Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners.”

“She often joked that she may not be here for the next day of shooting and it made me laugh uncomfortably. But she understood her own mortality and was not precious about her departure. It seems she lived thoroughly and was very present in the moment,” the actress, who plays Nakia, wrote.” – Lupita Nyong’o

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