The tweet announcing Chadwick Boseman’s death on his official Twitter account has become the most-like ever on the social media platform.
Boseman, who portrayed iconic characters such as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up, passed away on Friday at the age of 43. He found international recognition for his portrayal of King T’Challa and the superhero Black Panther in the 2018 movie Black Panther.
Boseman’s Twitter account shared the news of the actor’s death in a statement along with his picture.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement read.
“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. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. 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.”
The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, but continued working in many Hollywood movies, including at least four from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The tweet from the actor’s account has now become the “most liked” on Twitter as celebrities and fans alike took to social media to express their grief over Boseman’s death and paid tribute to him.
The official account of Twitter also confirmed that the tweet announcing Boseman’s death that came from his own account had become the most liked on the platform.
Twitter called it a tribute fit for a king.