Twitter announced on Saturday that Chadwick Boseman’s final tweet, a posthumous one announcing his death, is now the most-liked tweet of all time.
Boseman’s tweet achieved the top spot in less than 24 hours since his death, Twitter Senior Communications Manager Nick Pacilio announced.
This became the most liked Tweet of all time in less than 24hrs. https://t.co/i3nKfIaGvB
— Nick Pacilio (@NickPacilio) August 29, 2020
The official Twitter account also announced the new record, calling the accolade “a tribute for a King.”
Most liked Tweet ever.
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 29, 2020
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the family statement in the tweet read.
“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” it continued.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” the statement read.
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” it added, referencing his franchise character in the Marvel cinematic universe.
The statement also noted that Boseman “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,” it concluded.
Axios reports Boseman’s tweet had 5.9 million likes and 2.9 million retweets by Saturday evening—and these numbers continued to grow.
At the time of publication, the tweet has more than 6.8 million likes and 3 million retweets.