Anderson, S.C. officials are planning to install a permanent tribute to the ‘Black Panther’ star featuring a mix of statuary and mural art.
Actor Chadwick Boseman was laid to rest on Sept. 3 in Belton, South Carolina at Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery, which is about 11 miles from his hometown of Anderson.
The multitalented actor died on Aug. 28 from organ failure, the underlying cause listed as colon cancer on his death certificate, which was obtained by the Associated Press.
A public memorial for Boseman was held Sept. 4 in Anderson, where officials are planning to install a permanent tribute to the star featuring a mix of statuary and mural art. Local residents watched an outdoor viewing of Black Panther, the 2018 Marvel Studios hit in which Boseman starred as T’Challa, plus displayed artwork dedicated to him.
The following day, Boseman was honored at a private memorial in Malibu. Photos obtained by The Sun show fellow Black Panther stars Lupita N’yongo, Michael B. Jordan and Winston Duke in attendance clad in masks.
The record showed that Boseman had surgery in 2016 to remove cancer and again in March of this year. However, cancer had metastasized to other areas of his body.
News of Boseman’s death sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry and the Black community. A tweet from his account announcing his passing is the most-liked post ever on Twitter.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton honored Boseman this weekend with the “Wakanda Forever” salute after his first touchdown in his team’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
The death of the beloved actor brought further attention to African Americans dying from colon cancer at a higher rate than whites.
“African-Americans are more likely to get colon cancer, they’re more likely to have an advanced stage of disease when they’re diagnosed with colon cancer, they’re more likely to die from colon cancer, and they have shorter survival after diagnosis with colon cancer,” said Dr. Fola May, assistant professor of medicine at UCLA and a researcher at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Boseman was 43.
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