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Chadwick Boseman's Memorial Tweet Becomes the Most-Liked Tweet Ever

Mahlik Campbell

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Moviegoers around the world were shocked to hear about the sudden and sad passing of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman over the weekend at only 43 years old. 

Representatives for Chadwick announced the news with a tweet, which included the revelation that the actor had been battling colon cancer for the past four years, unwilling to let the disease stop him from providing entertainment and empowerment via the silver screen. 

"A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brough you many of the films you have come to love so much," the statement reads. "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."

Now, that message is the most-liked tweet in the history of Twitter. As of Sunday evening, it's been liked more than 7.3 million times, reflecting Chadwick's far-reaching impact and importance. It's also been retweeted over 3.1 million times and garnered 163,000-plus replies. 

Previously, the record was held by Barack Obama, who tweeted these words of wisdom in 2017: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..."

With the tweet being shared so much and so rapidly, responses from pop culture figures flooded social media. One of the most personal tributes came from Takeoff of the Migos, who's typically pretty reserved.

"My first time watching you I knew then u was a [star emoji]," he typed. "You turned me into a fan me as a musician seeing you play james brown (the legend) [in 'Get on Up'] and nailing it was it for me."

Rest well, king.