Chadwick Boseman was laid to rest on Sept. 3. The beloved actor was buried in South Carolina near his hometown at Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery in Belton six days after he passed (Aug. 28) at his Los Angeles home, according to People.
Belton is approximately 11 miles from Boseman’s hometown of Anderson, South Carolina. The actor’s cause of death is listed as multiple organ failure, with colon cancer cited as the underlying cause, according to his death certificate, which was obtained by People.
Back in August, Boseman’s rep confirmed that the Black Panther star had succumbed to colon cancer. When Boseman passed, the actor was at home with his wife and family near his side, as his publicist told the AP at the time.
The 43-year-old actor’s family had previously stated that the actor had been diagnosed with colon cancer four years earlier. However, Boseman hadn’t publicly spoken about his diagnosis.
Boseman’s hometown commemorated the actor with a screening of Black Panther and a community memorial on the same day as his burial. The event took place at an outdoor amphitheater with social distancing measures put in place.
Most in attendance wore masks, while many of the youth attendees dressed up in Black Panther costumes in honor of Boseman. Boseman’s service also included several pieces of artwork featuring the actor.
James Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown-Thomas spoke to community members at Boseman’s service. Brown-Thomas recalled when Boseman visited her family prior to portraying James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up.
“He is the epitome of black excellence,” Brown-Thomas said, according to the AP at the time. “You know, he was always reading and always trying to get better,” Anderson mayor Terence Roberts added of Boseman. “So from a work ethic point of view, it just doesn’t happen overnight. He showed us that we’ve got to hone our skills and just persevere.”
At the beginning of the month, a spokesperson for the Anderson mayor’s office told TMZ the town is already working on a permanent memorial to honor the actor. According to the spokesperson, the memorial would be a statue with elements of sculpture and mural work. The mayor’s office also plans to ask for public input on the memorial.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” a statement by his team read on Instagram. “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 concluded, “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.”