2020 just keeps taking our real life Superhero’s.
Chadwick Boseman has passed away at 43 years old after a private battle with colon cancer.
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It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. Photo Credit: @samjonespictures
We don’t know much about his battle with cancer but we did find out that he married he long time love, Taylor Simone Ledward before his death.
The two first sparked relationship rumors in 2015 after they were spotted together at LAX. Ledward, a singer and graduate of California State Polytechnic University Pomona, soon began joining Boseman on the red carpet at award shows and premieres.
They were spotted at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, where Boseman and his castmates took home a trophy for Black Panther. Boseman also gave Ledward a special shout-out during his acceptance speech at the 50th NAACP Image Awards, saying, “Simone, you’re with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you.”
The two were last photographed together at the Feb. 2020 NBA All-Star Game. The exact timing of the marriage ceremony is unclear.
According to the statement announcing Boseman’s death, “The family thanks you for your love and prayers and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”