CHADWICK Boseman's widow Simone Ledward broke down in tears as she accepted an award on his behalf.
Simone told Chadwick, "I love you", in a moving tribute at the 30th IFP Gotham Awards – five months after he died of colon cancer aged 43.
Chadwick received the Gotham Awards Tribute prize for his turn in his final film, Netflix drama, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, opposite Viola Davis.
Appearing virtually, Simone fought back tears as she said: "It is my honor to receive this award on behalf of my husband.
"An acknowledgment of not only his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world."
She broke down as she went on: "Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us. Thank you."
Simone added: "He is the most honest person I'd ever met.
"He actively searched for it, in himself, those around him and the moment. The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid. But if one does not live in truth, then it's impossible to live life.
"So it became how he lived his life, day in and day out. Imperfect but determined.
"He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one. He developed his understanding of what it meant to be the one, the none and the all. 'A vessel to be poured into and out of,' he'd said."
She continued: "He harnessed the power of letting go, and letting God's love shine through.
"He realized that when one is able to recognize that when their strength does not come from themselves, they rarely mess up.
"That's what he was doing when he was acting. Modeling for us a path to true fulfillment."
Marvel star Chadwick was diagnosed with stage-three cancer in 2016, and secretly had "countless surgeries and chemotherapy."
The Black Panther star died at his home in Los Angeles on August 28.
He was buried on September 3 at Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery in Belton, South Carolina, 10 miles from his hometown of Anderson.
Simone has been named the administrator of his $1 million estate.
Since his death, news of Chadwick's kind gestures towards terminally ill children have emerged.
Back in September, Black Panther producer Nate Moore revealed their final texts had been about organizing gifts for a sick young boy from his Marvel character, T'Challa.
And in a resurfaced clip on 2018, Chadwick was seen breaking down and crying when speaking about two kids with terminal cancer.
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