Post announcing Chadwick Boseman’s death is the most beloved tweet of all time
The message announcing the death of Chadwick Boseman is Twitter’s most beloved tweet of all time, the company said on Saturday, as the world continues to mourn the beloved Black Panther actor.
Boseman’s family announced the actor’s death in a statement posted to their Twitter account on Friday evening.
The post has 5.8 million likes and is now the most popular tweet of all time, Twitter said on Saturday. “A tribute worthy of a king. #WakandaForever, ”the company said.
Boseman died on Friday after battling colon cancer for four years, but he never spoke publicly about his diagnosis.
Boseman played Marvel’s first black superhero in 2018 blockbuster Black Panther.
“A true fighter, Chadwick has persevered through it all and brought you many movies that you love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and many others, all have been filmed during countless surgeries and chemotherapy, ”the statement read.
The most popular previous tweet was from former President Barack Obama, who posted a quote from Nelson Mandela on the same day as the deadly Charlottesville, Va. car attack that killed Heather Heyer.
Hollywood fans and stars mourned the actor on social media. He passed away on Jackie Robinson Day, celebrated annually by MLB, years after playing the baseball legend opposite Harrison Ford in the 2013 film. 42.
“Chadwick came to the White House to work with children when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, talented and black; use this power to give them heroes to admire; doing all of this while in pain, what a use of his years, ”Barack Obama tweeted.
“What a sweet gifted SOUL. Show us all this greatness between surgeries and chemo. The courage, the strength, the power it takes to do it. This is what Dignity looks like, ”Oprah said.