Chadwick Boseman ‘secretly married’ girlfriend Taylor months before tragic death

Chadwick Boseman married his girlfriend Taylor Simone Ledward "in secret" before his tragic death, it has been reported.

The actor, 43, popped the question in October last year after four years together.

He kept his relationship out of the spotlight but in the statement from his family announcing his death today, Taylor, 29, was described as his wife.

The statement, which was issued on Saturday, read: "It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.

"He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side."

Taylor was last spotted with Chadwick at the 69th NBA ALl-Star Game in Chicago in February this year.

She is a singer who graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in 2014 with a degree in Music Industry Studies.

Taylor was first seen with her future husband Chadwick at Los Angeles International Airport a year later.

The couple made their red carpet debut as boyfriend and girlfriend at the SAG Awards in January 2019.

Taylor was by Chadwick's side throughout awards season while he promoted Black Panther.

It has since been revealed that the Hollywood star was battling colon cancer.

Chadwick was first diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016 – two years before the release of his Marvel blockbuster.

The actor's co-stars have been left devastated by his untimely death.

This morning, fans and colleagues shared emotional tributes to the star describing him as an "immense talent" who "brightened days" and "radiated power and peace".

On Chadwick's official Instagram account, which boasts 8.3million followers, a black and white photograph of the star was shared by likely the family member or friend who broke the news.

It read: "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

"Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. "

The post went on to include a heartbreaking tribute for the late actor.

"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much," it read.

The tribute continued: "From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. ⁣

"It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. ⁣

"He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣

"The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time."

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