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    Chadwick Boseman's Wife Gave An Important Speech About Colon Cancer At The NAACP Image Awards

    Chadwick Boseman "was an uncommon artist and an even more uncommon person."

    Chadwick Boseman is a legend. His widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, remembered her late husband when she accepted his NAACP Image Award for the actor’s performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

    Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
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    "Thank you, NAACP Image Awards, for always giving him his flowers," she said in her speech. "He was an uncommon artist and an even more uncommon person. But the manner in which we lost him is not uncommon at all. Not in our community."

    Taylor continued, "Black people in this country are 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer and 40 percent more likely to die from it. The age for routine screening has recently been lowered to 45, so if you are 45 years of age or older, please get screened. Don't put it off any longer, please get screened."

    Even though Taylor said that the “disease is beatable,” she noted that it’s important to be “proactive” with your health.

    Chadwick Boseman and Taylor Simone Ledward attend the 91st Annual Academy Awards
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    "Please, you are so needed and you are so loved," she said. "Please take your health into your own hands."

    Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman attend the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
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    In August 2020, Chadwick died of cancer after he was initially diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016.

    Chadwick's death has been profoundly felt by his peers and fans.

    Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman attend the "21 Bridges" New York Screening
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