Actor Chadwick Boseman will be remembered by many for his on-screen portrayal of Black Panther, a fictional comic book hero who played a crucial role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The ‘Black Panther’ star died on Friday after a four year battle with colon cancer, at the age of 43. “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman, It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.” a statement posted on his Twitter account said.
Although Chadwich never spoke publicly of his diagnosis, according to the records, he worked through his treatment for much of his career, starting when he played another Black American icon, NAACP lawyer and future Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, in 2017’s ‘Marshall’- a year before the premiere of ‘Black Panther.’
His publicist, Nicki Fioravante said in a statement, “A true fighter, Chadwich persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much…”
Reaction to Boseman’s death was swift and profound. Both the Democratic candidates for the US presidential race, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, expressed their condolences on Twitter. “The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want- even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.- Joe Biden (@JoeBiden).”
“Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family.- Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris).”
Chadwick Aaron Boseman who died on Friday 28, August 2020, is survived by his only wife, Taylor Simone Ledward; and no child. According to sources, Boseman died at his residence with his wife and family by his side.
Ledward is a singer who graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry Studies. During her studies, she was the lead singer of the School’s Jazz band.
There had been rumors of their relationship back in 2017, the two had been somewhat secretive about the details of their relationship. These rumors were confirmed in 2018 by Ledward’s grandmother in an interview with the celebrity magazine In Touch.
Boseman first publicly acknowledged his relationship to Ledward on March 30, 2019 at the 50th NAACP Awards in Los Angeles, California.
While accepting the award for the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Boseman kissed Ledward before proceeding onstage. And during his acceptance speech, he said, “Simon, you are with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you.” She mouthed back the words, “I love you.”
While on vacation in Malibu, California, Chadwick proposed to Simon and the couple became engaged- that was in October 2019. Sources have claimed they later married that same year, although it is not clear if they had a wedding. A wedding was proposed to take place in 2020. But a statement on Chadwick’s page confirming his death referred to Simon Ledward as Chadwick’s wife.
Below are some pictures of the couple together:
It is so sad he had to die at such an early stage and at a moment his acting career was in the prime. Worst still, he never got the chance to father any child with the love of his life. I pray she finds a reason and course to remain strong and cope with the empty days. I also pray his gentle soul rests in peace.