Chadwick Boseman, RIP
Florence Anthony | 9/3/2020, midnight
The entertainment world and fans are mourning the unexpected death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away on August 28 at the age of 43. The “Black Panther” star had quietly married his fiancee, Taylor Simone Ledward, whom he called Simone. Along with his family, she was by his side when he left this earth. Chadwick was a big boxing fan, and I was fortunate enough to have spent some time with him at the Showtime party following the first Deontay Wilder/Tyson Fury fight in December 2018 in Los Angeles. I told him I was a fellow Howard University alumnus, and asked him to take a selfie with Michael Spinks and me, which he happily did. He teased me that my phone was old and told the Champ that he should get me a new one. I asked him when we could expect “Black Panther 2,” to which Chadwick answered, “You know I can’t tell you that.” Meanwhile, while hosting his annual Brooklyn Loves MJ Block Party to celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday on August 29, Spike Lee reportedly spoke about no one having any idea that anything was wrong with Chadwick and how he was going through treatment when they shot “Da 5 Bloods” in Thailand. Said Spike, “Chadwick, a trooper, never complained.” Rest in peace, sweet prince.
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