Chadwick Boseman’s wife files probate case after star dies without will

Taylor Simone Ledward is seeking to control Boseman's assets, which are worth just shy of $1 million.

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Taylor Simone Ledward, the widow of late actor Chadwick Boseman, is asking a court to name her executor of his estate after he died in August without a will. 

According to court documents, Ledward filed a probate case in Los Angeles seeking to control Boseman’s assets, which are worth just shy of $1 million. 

In this Nov. 2019 photo, Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman attend the New York screening of “21 Bridges” at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Also listed in the documents are Leroy and Carolyn Boseman, the actor’s parents. 

Boseman died at his home on Aug. 28 after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer. He and Ledward were married before his passing, which was confirmed by his family in the statement announcing his death. 

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The couple was first seen together in 2015 soon after Ledward graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, where she majored in music industry studies. 

A trained vocalist, Ledward was a member of the school’s jazz band. 

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During the 2019 NAACP Image Awards, Boseman thanked Ledward in his speech when accepting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his portrayal of King T’Challa in Black Panther

“Simone, you’re with me every day. I have to acknowledge you right now,” he gushed. “Love you.”

Ledward was seen mouthing back, “I love you.”

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In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler offered condolences to Boseman’s family, “To his wife, Simone, especially.” 

The tweet announcing Boseman’s passing was later announced by Twitter to be the most-liked tweet ever sent, a missive that has been liked more than seven million times. Former President Barack Obama held the previous record for Twitter’s most-liked tweet for an August 2017 picture quoting South African great Nelson Mandela that got over 4.3 million likes.

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Obama saluted Boseman in a tweet, saying, “You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.”

After his death, Boseman was celebrated with a ceremony honoring his life in his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina. 

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