29th August 2020 – (Los Angeles) Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer at 43 after battling colon cancer for four years.
Chadwick Boseman is reported by Daily Mirror in UK to have secretly married his partner Taylor Simone Ledward before his death. Taylor and Boseman’s family members were by his side during the final moments.
The pair has kept their relationship a secret in early days before Taylor became regularly pictured on Chadwick’s arm at award ceremonies and red carpet premiers. Taylor is a singer who graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Industry Studies. During her time at the university she was the lead singer of the school’s jazz band. Their relationship was exposed in 2016 at Los Angeles International Airport.
In March last year, Chadwick spoke out for the first time about his low key relationship to Taylor at the 50th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California. As he accepted the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for blockbuster Black Panther, the usually private Chadwick kissed his girlfriend and proceed to give her a romantic shout out on stage. During his speech, he said, “Simone, you’re with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you.” She mouthed back the words, “I love you.”