Microblogging and social networking service, Twitter has said that the tweet announcing the demise of Chadwick Boseman is the “Most liked Tweet ever.”
It further described it as “A tribute fit for a King,” accompanied with hashtag #WakandaForever.
The tweet had garnered nearly 7 million likes, over 3 million retweets and more than 159,000 comments as of the time of this report.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Boseman, who was in his 40s, refrained from publicly revealing his condition — which was first diagnosed in 2016 — and continued to work on major Hollywood films.
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” said a statement posted to Boseman’s social media accounts.
“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”
Boseman became the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the record-breaking Marvel franchise with 2018’s “Black Panther.”
The movie, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.
Earlier in his career, Boseman played black icons Jackie Robinson in “42” and James Brown in “Get on Up.”
He recently appeared in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and was set to appear in a sequel to “Black Panther” due in 2022.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all” and filmed projects “during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” the family’s statement said.