According to a death certificate obtained Monday and reported by the Associated Press, Chadwick Boseman was buried earlier this month at his family’s church in Belton, South Carolina.
But on Monday, the church cemetery showed no signs of Boseman’s burial, and the pastor and the local mortuary handling details of the “Black Panther” star’s death say he is not buried there.
Marcus Brown, of the Marcus D. Brown Funeral Home in Anderson, told media outlets in early September that Boseman’s family was planning a private service, and his funeral home was handling the arrangements.
This week, news organizations including the Associated Press reported Boseman, an Anderson County native, international film star and activist, was buried Sept. 3 at Welfare Baptist Church’s cemetery, citing information on his Los Angeles County death certificate.
When asked if Boseman was buried at Welfare Baptist Church, as his death certificate indicates, Brown said “that is inaccurate.” Brown said he could not give further details without the consent of the family.
The Rev. Ankoma Anderson of Welfare Baptist Church also said Boseman is not buried at the church. He declined to provide any other details regarding the funeral or burial arrangements.
Boseman’s publicist has not responded to an email or phone messages asking for comment for this story. The Independent Mail, part of the USA TODAY Network, has requested copies of Boseman’s death records from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
According to AP, the burial date on the death record is a day before a public celebration of Boseman at the Anderson Events Center amphitheater, which drew locals and people from several states away to publicly mourn his death and watch his “Black Panther” film.
Boseman died at his home near Griffith Park in Los Angeles on Aug. 28, according to the death record.
The immediate cause was listed as multiple organ failure, according to the Associated Press, with the underlying cause of colon cancer, which his family has said he was diagnosed with four years earlier.
Boseman had surgery to remove the colon cancer in 2016 after his diagnosis, and in March of this year had laparoscopic surgery to remove cancer that had metastasized, the record showed.
The document lists Boseman’s profession as “artist,” and his industry as entertainment.
Very few outside of his family knew that Boseman, who played “Black Panther” in four Marvel movies and also starred in the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” had been battling cancer when he died at age 43.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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