Chadwick Boseman's wife pays tribute to star after posthumous award

Rianne Houghton
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Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian - Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Chadwick Boseman's wife Taylor Simone Ledward has paid an emotional tribute to the late actor in an acceptance speech for the Gotham Awards Tribute prize.

Along with his Ma Rainey's Black Bottom co-star Viola Davis, Boseman was honoured with the posthumous award at yesterday's (January 11) virtual ceremony.

In a recorded video message, Ledward said that it was her "honour" to accept the award on behalf of her late husband, who passed away last August, four years after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian - Getty Images

Related: Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman received another posthumous award

"It is my honour to receive this award on behalf of my husband," she said. "In acknowledgement not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world."

Visibly moved, Simone continued: "Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us. Thank you."

The 2021 Gotham Awards featured an additional tribute to Boseman, in which the Marvel hero's co-stars and friends remembered his work and reflected on his legacy.

In a separate speech, Simone called the Black Panther star the "most honest person" she had ever met (via IndieWire).

"He didn't just stop at speaking the truth: he actively searched for it in himself and those around him and in the moment," she said.

"The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid, but if one does not live in truth then it's impossible to live in line with the divine purpose for your life. And so it became how he lived his life, day in and out. Imperfect and determined.

"In doing so, he was able to give himself over fully in every moment, to be totally present in his own life and in the lives of people he became."

The Gotham Awards' tribute to Boseman follows the news that a Black Panther sequel will not feature a digital re-imagining of the actor, nor will a different actor portray his character T'Challa.

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