Chadwick Boseman recently passed away after battling colon cancer for four years. His family has now revealed that the late actor got married to his longtime partner, Taylor Simone Ledward, shortly before his death.
The year 2020 has been characterized by the tragic loss of some high-profile celebrities, beginning with the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and, more recently, "Glee" actress Naya Rivera.
On August 28, the entertainment industry and indeed the whole of America were stunned by the unexpected death of iconic actor Chadwick Boseman at 43.
Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 ESPYS on July 18, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images
The "42" star was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and it progressed to stage IV cancer before 2020. He kept his diagnosis private and never spoke publicly about his cancer battle.
Following Boseman's sudden death, his family released an official statement through the actor's official Instagram page confirming the sad news.
In the post, the family confirmed that the actor had wed his longtime girlfriend, Taylor Simone Ledward before his death. The statement read in part:
"He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side..."
In the statement, the family described Boseman as a "true fighter" and revealed that he had shot some of his well-known movies, including "Marshall" and "Da 5 Bloods," while undergoing multiple surgeries and chemotherapy.
Meanwhile, Boseman, who is best known for bringing the MCU superhero Black Panther to life, was last spotted publicly with his wife, Ledward, in February, during the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.
The "Black Panther" star reportedly proposed during a date in Malibu, California.
The media first got wind of their romance when they were spotted together in 2015, shortly after Ledward graduated from Cal Polytechnic University Pomona. There, she majored in music industry studies and was the school's Jazz band's lead singer.
Boseman was notoriously private in his romantic life, but the couple did make several public appearances at Hollywood events and some NBA games. One of the most memorable moments caught on camera between the two was at the NAACP Image Awards in March 2019.
At the award ceremony, the couple shared a passionate kiss right before Boseman stepped into the stage to receive the Outstanding Actor award in a Motion Picture.
During his acceptance speech, the actor reserved special praise for Ledward and acknowledged her for being with him every day. He ended the speech by declaring his love for her to which she responded in like manner.
Boseman and Ledward got engaged back in October 2019. The "Black Panther" star reportedly proposed during a date in Malibu, California.
Despite being very private about their relationship, close family members of the couple attested to the strong bond between the pair.
The death of Chadwick Boseman is indeed a significant loss to the entertainment industry, and the tweet which was shared by his family on his official Twitter account is already the most liked tweet with over 6 million likes in less than 24 hours.