Chadwick Boseman’s final tweet has become the most-liked post in Twitter’s history, the website confirmed Saturday.
- Boseman passed away over the weekend after a secret four-year-long battle with colon cancer
- His final tweet has earned 6.9million likes and 3million retweets as of Sunday
- The previous record was held by former President Barack Obama after he shared the famous Nelson Mandela quote
This rather poignant milestone mirrors a similar development in March 2018 when Black Panther became the most tweeted-about film ever.
The beloved actor continued to make history even after his passing over the weekend, as Twitter revealed the announcement of Boseman’s shocking death via his twitter is the most ‘liked’ tweet in the website’s history.
The world was stunned on Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning when news broke that Chadwick Boseman had passed away. It was revealed that the Black Panther actor had been battling stage three colon cancer for the past four years, choosing to keep the diagnosis a secret from all but those closest to him.
“Fans are coming together on Twitter to celebrate the life of Chadwick Boseman, and the tweet sent from his account last night is now the most liked tweet of all time on Twitter,” the company said in a statement published by Variety. Twitter went on to reveal that it was bringing back the Black Panther emoji for fans, who were taking part in a communal watch party of the Marvel Studios film. By using the hashtags of #BlackPanther and #WakandaForever, users can “watch and talk about his legacy together,” the company added.
The 43-year-old Black Panther star died after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer during which he was still acting in a handful of movies, never once letting on he was suffering any health problems.
It’s a bittersweet moment, that’s for sure. As the world still attempts to get its head around Boseman being gone, it’s incredible to witness exactly how many lives this man touched. For the reveal of his passing to garner more attention on a platform such as Twitter than powerful tweets from the likes of Barack Obama is incredibly telling. Rest in power Chadwick, now let’s continue to grow that number so the record is never broken.