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On Friday, Chadwick Boseman’s family posted a final tweet on his Twitter account, announcing that he had died after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Twitter confirmed on Saturday afternoon that this tweet from Boseman’s account is now the most-liked tweet on Twitter of all time. “Most liked tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King. #WakandaForever,” Twitter posted on its official account.
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“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” Boseman’s family wrote. “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. 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.”After this tweet went out on Friday night, fans and co-stars alike published their tributes to the late actor. “I keep thinking about my 3-year-old in his Black Panther costume,” the writer Clint Smith tweeted. “How he wore it almost every day when he got it, refused to take it off. The way he walked around saying. ‘I’m the Black Panther.’ How happy it made him. What Chadwick gave us was immeasurable. What an enormous loss.”Both Michelle and Barack Obama wrote individual tributes to Boseman and both recounted watching his Jackie Robinson biopic for the first time, when they shared time at the White House. “There’s a reason he could play Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and King T’Challa with such captivating depth and honesty,” the former first lady wrote. “He, too, knew what it meant to truly persevere. He, too, knew that real strength starts inside. And he, too, belongs right there with them as a hero—for Black kids and for all of our kids. There’s no better gift with which to grace our world. ❤️”
Hilary Weaver is a freelance writer based in New York who writes about politics, queer issues, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and every woman the Queen has ever made a dame.
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