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Chadwick Boseman, who brought T’Challa to life in “Black Panther,” died of colon cancer at the age of 43.
Almost a year after the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, Simone Ledward Boseman paid her husband a touching musical homage during the charity show “Stand Up to Cancer” in 2021.
Chadwick Boseman, who brought “Black Panther” to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after starring on-screen black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown, died of colon cancer on August 28, 2020 at his Los Angeles area home He was 43.
When Simone Boseman was introduced on Saturday, “black” star Anthony Anderson spoke of disregard for the person who has cancer: “It doesn’t matter if you’re a mother in south LA and a best friend in Brooklyn or a national player is a superhero. ”
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Anderson added, “Many of us were devastated to learn of Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death after several years of privately battling cancer. The world has lost an incredible artist and a true hero. But before he became a public person, he was a person like you or me: a son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, colleague, husband. Many of us know the rupture a loved one leaves in the lives of loved ones. “
Simone Boseman played the song “I’ll Be Seeing You” in 1938, which Anderson introduced as a number about “Living with the reality of loss and finding a way forward”. As the performance drew to a close, it became visibly emotional. A photo was projected in the background of her and her late husband hugging.
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Stand Up to Cancer, a charity co-founded by Katie Couric, aired their show on ABC Saturday night. It was hosted by Anderson, Sofia Vergara, Ken Jeong and Tran Ho, was executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, and featured appearances by Brittany Howard, Common and Stevie Wonder.
Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years before his death, his family said in a statement posted on the star’s Instagram last August.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in 2016 and has struggled with it for the past 4 years as he progressed to Stage IV,” the post said.
“A true fighter, Chadwick has put it through and brought you many of the movies you love so much. From ‘Marshall’ to ‘Da 5 Bloods’, August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and many more and filmed between countless surgeries and chemotherapy treatments. “It was his career honor to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Simone Boseman paid tribute to her late husband with tears throughout the 2020 and 2021 awards season, including speaking at the Golden Globe Awards in February when she accepted his posthumous Best Actor award for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
“He would thank God, he would thank his parents, he would thank his ancestors for their guidance and sacrifice,” she said. “I don’t have his words, but we all have to take the moments to celebrate all of those we love. So thank you HFPA for this opportunity to do just that. And honey, you keep coming back.”
Chadwick Boseman was also the favorite to win a posthumous Oscar for Best Actor at the Academy Awards in April – so much so that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to make his category the final category of the evening, and not for the time being second time since 1948 that the show does not end with the award for the best picture. But in a shocking twist, it was Anthony Hopkins who won the award for his leading role in “The Father”.
Watch Simone Boseman’s performance from 39:18.
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