The untimely passing of award-winning actor Chadwick Boseman in the prime of his career left an immense void in fans, friends, and family that many are still unpacking only months out from his death.
During Monday’s Gotham Awards, which were partially held in-person, but also simultaneously streamed online for viewers at home, the late star’s widow, Simone Leward, got candid about his commitment to excellence in acting, his best attributes, and gave a variety of other glimpses into their personal life.
Footage of the event, per “Access,” shows Leward getting fairly emotional as she delivered the heartfelt words about her late husband and his contributions to both her life and the lives of millions of fans around the world before his death this summer.
Boseman, who died of colon cancer in August at only 43 years old, was honored by “42” co-star André Holland, who spoke passionately about Boseman’s love for acting, saying that he “always kept himself committed to his craft.”
Next up, Leward took the stand and began her passionate speech about Boseman’s personal attributes.
“He was the most honest person I ever met, because he didn’t just stop at speaking the truth: he actively searched for it in himself and those around him and in the moment,” the widow 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 but determined.”
‘A Path To True Fulfillment’
“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. He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one,” she continued to say.”
Ledward referenced more positive attributes by adding that, “He developed his understanding of what it meant to be the none, the one, and the all. ‘A vessel to be poured into and out of,’ he said. He harnessed the power of letting go and letting God’s love shine through… [He] was not merely telling a story or reading lines on a page, but modeling a path to true fulfillment.”
The star’s widow became particularly emotional during her personal closing sentiments when she reflected on accepting the award in Boseman’s place, and expressed her love and profound proudness of him.
“It is my honor to receive this award on behalf of my husband. In acknowledgment not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world,” she concluded, “Chad, thank you, I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us.”