Chadwick Boseman’s widow Simone Leeward and ‘Black-ish’ actor Anthony Anderson paid tribute to the late actor during Saturday’s Stand Up to Cancer fundraising telethon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the event, which was designed to commemorate 13 years of cancer research, featured performances and appearances by well-known Hollywood actors and actresses like Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Cecily Strong, Jennifer Garner, Ed Helms, and Tony Hale.
“Many of us were devastated to learn of Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death after a lengthy battle with cancer,” Anderson said during the YouTube-streamed concert.
Additionally, he stated, “The world has lost an extraordinary artist and a genuine hero. However, before he became a public personality, he was a person just like you or me: a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a friend, a coworker, and a husband. Many of us are all too familiar with the void left by the death of a dearly loved one in the lives of those who love them.”
He later introduced Simone Boseman, who played ‘I’ll Be Seeing You,’ a song about coping with bereavement. “I’ll see you in all the old, familiar places that this heart of mine adores,” the lyrics stated.
Last August, the Black Panther actor died of colon cancer at the age of 43.
Anderson, Ken Jeong and his wife, physician Tran Ho, who shared her own breast cancer diagnosis experience, and Sofia Vergara co-hosted the Stand Up to Cancer telethon in 2021. Stevie Wonder, Common, and Brittany Howard were among the performers, the latter of whom dedicated her performance to her late sister Jaime.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew McConaughey appeared on the show, telling a personal storey about losing a dear friend and mentor to cancer, which he referred to as “this damned sickness.” The event was executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth.
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