Chadwick Boseman and his wife Taylor Simone Ledward.

Chadwick Boseman 's heartbroken widow Taylor Simone Ledward has accepted the star's Golden Globe on his behalf. The Black Panther star tragically passed away last year at the age of 43 after a private four-year battle with cancer.

Since his tragic passing, Chadwick has been recognised in the film industry for his stellar on-screen work as he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The actor beat Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Gary Oldman (Mank) and Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian) for the gong, which his proud wife accepted in an emotional speech.

Simone said Chadwick would "thank his ancestors", as her heartbreaking speech saw host Renée Zellweger and his Ma Rainey co-star Viola Davis shed a tear. He would thank god. He would thank his parents, he would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifice," Taylor Simone said.

Taylor Simone gave an emotional speech as she accepted her late husband's award.

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Heartbroken Taylor Simone - who married the actor before his death after the pair got engaged in October 2019 - said her late husband would thank "his incredible team".

"He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice that tells you can, that tells you the keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at this moment in history."

News of the actor's tragic death was confirmed in a statement in August last year.

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

"Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much."

Host Renee Zellweger shed a tear as Chadwick's wife accepted his award.

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"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," the statement went on.

"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."

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