“Most liked tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King,” the social media platform shared on August 29, one day after Boseman’s team announced the actor died after a years-long battle with colon cancer. “#WakandaForever.”
The tweet, which now has 7.4 million likes and 3.1 million retweets, honored the film legend’s life while sharing the devastating news of his loss with the world.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” his team shared on August 28. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. 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 and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.
“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the post continued. “He 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.”
On Sunday, August 30, Marvel and ABC paid tribute to Boseman by airing Black Panther commercial-free, followed by a special titled, Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King.
“You will always be our King,” Marvel Studios tweeted along with a clip from the special.
His Black Panther costar, Danai Gurira, wrote in her own tribute, “How do you honor a king? Reeling from the loss of my colleague, my friend, my brother. Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate. I always marveled at how special Chadwick was. Such a pure hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy.”