Twitter’s main account have confirmed that the tweet announcing the late Chadwick Boseman’s passing has broken the Guinness World Records title for the world’s most liked tweet ever.
Sharing the tweet from Boseman’s team regarding the tragic news of his passing, Twitter included, “A tribute fit for a King. #WakandaForever.”
Most fans and fellow celebrities echoed that sentiment when they learned the talented Black Panther star had lost his battle with colon cancer.
The tweet, which was posted at 7:11 PM PT this past Friday, featured a black and white photo of Boseman smiling into the light.
It was accompanied by an official message from his team stating he had passed in his Los Angeles home with friends and family by his side after four years of fighting his illness.
Boseman's publicist, Nicki Fioravante told the press: "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much."
The statement continued, "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."
Since the news was shared on Twitter, the tweet has received over 7.6 million likes, surpassing former record holder Barack Obama’s tweet from 2017.
The former U.S. President’s tweet had a total of 4.3 million likes and said, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.”
Boseman’s fans, friends, and former colleagues across the globe are commemorating the actor's legacy, values, and prolific career, along with this major record-breaking milestone.
His fans are are saddened to lose their superhero, Black Panther, who he played in the 2018 Marvel film.
The talented actor, whose role as protagonist T’Challa was an essential part of the box-office smash hit, helped the movie achieve several Guinness World Records titles, including the highest-grossing superhero “origin” movie, first superhero movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and most Oscars won by a superhero movie.
His co-stars are also remembering his various accomplishments with tributes to his career.
Boseman starred in several historic cinematic works such as The Express (2008), 42 (2013), Get On Up (2014), and Marshall (2017), all of which honor the journey of significant African Americans across United States history.
Chadwick Boseman was an incredible artist and talent. Gone way too soon! To have been fighting for his health while filming showed just how dedicated he was to the craft of acting and telling our stories. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️ https://t.co/QmEedGzYFt— Danny Glover (@mrdannyglover) August 30, 2020
Within these films, he played lead roles for Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall, who remain influential figures to this day.
Referred to by many as a “king on and off the screen”, Chadwick Boseman will continue to live on in the hearts of fans and friends, whom he inspired through his incredible works.
What a gentle gifted SOUL. Showing us all that Greatness in between surgeries and chemo. The courage, the strength, the Power it takes to do that. This is what Dignity looks like. https://t.co/U3OOnJVS42— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 29, 2020