The tweet announcing the passing of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman is now the most liked post in Twitter history.
Twitter has revealed that the most liked tweet of all time now belongs to the account of late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. The tweet in question is the one that announced Boseman’s passing, revealing that the beloved actor had been fighting colon cancer for the past four years. The social media company said that the occasion is a “A tribute fit for a King,’ a nod to Boseman’s role as the King of the fictional African nation of Wakanda in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Most liked Tweet ever.
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 29, 2020
As shared by his representative, Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with stage III color cancer in 2016 and fought the disease for four years as it progressed to stage IV. The Black Panther star had not publicly disclosed his diagnosis before his death. He passed away at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his wife and loved ones.
Chadwick Boseman began his acting career in television, landing his first role in 2003. Boseman’s big break came much later with his portrayal of baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the Brian Helgeland-directed biopic 42. He then gained further recognition for his work as James Brown in Tate Taylor’s Get on Up.
Following his roles in Jackie Robinson and James Brown, Chadwick Boseman was cast as T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor made his debut as the iconic Marvel character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before reprising the role in the standalone film Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler. Boseman’s Black Panther was then seen in Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up Endgame.
Chadwick Boseman was last seen in Spike Lee’s Netflix film Da 5 Bloods. Prior to that, Boseman starred in the Brian Kirk-directed action thriller 21 Bridges, which was produced by Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame helmers Joe and Anthony Russo. His final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is expected to hit Netflix later this year.