Simone Ledward Boseman, the wife of the late actor Chadwick Boseman, has paid tribute to him in a performance on the Stand Up To Cancer telecast.
Following a personal battle with colon cancer, the Black Panther actor passed away in 2020, shortly after the release of Avengers: Endgame and his Oscar-nominated final performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Performing a cover of Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal’s ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ on the livestream, she was introduced by actor Anthony Anderson who gave a heartfelt speech about the late Chadwick Boseman. Speaking on the livestream, Anderson stated, “Many of us were devastated to learn of Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing after he privately grappled with cancer for several years”.
Continuing, he added, “The world lost an incredible artist, and a true hero. But before he was a public figure, he was a person like you or me – a son, a brother, uncle, cousin, friend, colleague, husband. Many of us are all too familiar with the fracture a dearly loved one’s passing leaves in the lives of those who love them. Here to perform a song about living with the reality of loss and finding a way forward is Chadwick’s wife, Simone”.
Also honoured in Portrait Of An Artist, a one-off Netflix special about the actor that celebrated his illustrious life, the actor said in the trailer, “People call me an actor. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an actor. I would call myself an artist”.
His final on-screen performance came in George C. Wolfe’s critically celebrated Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Viola Davis, following the blues singer Ma Rainey and Chicago’s rising tensions in 1927.
Take a look at the trailer for the Oscar-winning film below: