In the immediate aftermath of iconic actor Chadwick Boseman‘s shocking death, a lot was made about the news of him not leaving a will. As it turns out, while the Black Panther star did not write one, he did make sure his wife Taylor Simone Ledward was protected financially.
Chadwick Boseman Leaves Estate to Wife
The Screen Actors Guild and People’s Choice Award winner knew he had colon cancer for years — and was somehow able to keep his privacy about it — which made it seem strange that he didn’t create a will. What Boseman did instead was marry his longtime fiancee earlier this year and allow her to inherit all of the assets of the estate in probate court.
They got engaged in late 2019, and reportedly tied the knot at some point in 2020. That’s important because when a person dies without a will and without children, their surviving spouse inherits all the assets of the probate estate. According to the docs, Taylor gets nearly $1 million in personal property and assets, but that’s not a true reflection of Chadwick’s wealth and success. Most likely the majority of his assets are held in separate private trusts. In the docs, Taylor notes Chadwick is also survived by his 2 parents. (TMZ)
Chadwick Could Win An Oscar Posthumously
Nominations for the Academy Awards will be coming soon, and Boseman is a strong contender to win an posthumous Oscar for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The Netflix film is based on the play penned by legendary Black playwright August Wilson.
Lupita Nyong’o Remembers Chadwick Boseman
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o recently remembered her late friend and Black Panther co-star. The high-profile Hollywood actress penned deep words about the world losing the immortalized movie icon.
“I write these words from a place of. hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope. I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense. The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning. I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have exited before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be – here! … that seem ageless… Chadwick was one of those people.” -Lupita Nyong’o’s Instagram
Michael B. Jordan Remembers Chadwick
Recently, Chadwick’s Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan went to his Instagram page to reflect on their close-knit connection. Michael also admitted the shocking death to his on-screen co-star left him shattered.
“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything. I wish we had more time. One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. I wish we had more time.” -Michael B. Jordan’s Instagram
Michael took things a bit further by vowing to live the rest of his days like Chadwick.
“Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time. I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is! Rest In Power Brother” -Michael B. Jordan’s Instagram