An announcement confirming the demise of actor Chadwick Boseman is probably the most preferred tweet ever, in response to Twitter. Revealed to Boseman’s verified Twitter account @chadwickboseman Friday evening, the assertion from Boseman’s household and representatives has acquired greater than 5.7 million likes in lower than 24 hours. The actor, who portrayed Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown earlier than changing into the primary Black actor to guide a Marvel Studios film with the Ryan Coogler-directed blockbuster Black Panther, died Friday on the age of 43 following a four-year battle with colon most cancers.

“Most preferred Tweet ever,” reads a tweet from the official Twitter account. “A tribute match for a King. #WakandaForever”

Most preferred Tweet ever.

A tribute match for a King. #WakandaForever

— Twitter (@Twitter) August 29, 2020

“Chadwick was identified with stage III colon most cancers in 2016, and battled with it these final four years because it progressed to stage IV,” reads the assertion from Boseman’s household. He filmed a number of tasks “throughout and between numerous surgical procedures and chemotherapy,” together with Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, and never but launched Netflix function Ma Rainey’s Black Backside.

It was throughout this time Boseman filmed his first solo function as T’Challa, the King of African nation Wakanda, in 2018’s Black Panther. He reprised the function below administrators Anthony and Joe Russo in Avengers: Infinity Struggle and its sequel, Avengers: Endgame, which filmed back-to-back in 2017. The latter grew to become the highest-grossing movie in historical past after releasing in April 2019.

“It was the respect of his profession to carry King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the assertion reads.

The blockbuster, the primary Marvel Studios-produced movie with a predominantly Black solid, grossed $1.34 billion worldwide and earned seven nominations on the 2019 Academy Awards. Black Panther achieved one other milestone when it grew to become the primary superhero movie to be nominated for the Greatest Image Academy Award.

Boseman’s Marvel co-stars are among the many Hollywood voices honoring the actor, whose sickness was not made public earlier than his demise. Different notable figures paying tribute to Boseman embrace Michelle and Barack Obama, in addition to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Democratic Vice Presidental nominee Kamala Harris.

“Our hearts are damaged and our ideas are with Chadwick Boseman’s household. Your legacy will reside on without end. Relaxation In Peace,” reads a tribute shared throughout The Walt Disney Firm’s varied social media pages.

In an announcement revealed Friday evening, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, a producer behind Black Panther, known as Boseman’s passing “completely devastating.”

“He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our expensive good friend,” Feige stated. “Every time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and pleasure, and every time he appeared on display, he created one thing really indelible. He embodied a whole lot of superb folks in his work, and no one was higher at bringing nice males to life.”

Whereas selling his solo Marvel film in 2018, Boseman instructed The Los Angeles Occasions he was drawn to tasks “that can be impactful, for probably the most half, to my folks — to Black folks. To see Black folks in methods which you haven’t seen them earlier than.”

“So Black Panther was on my radar,” Boseman stated on the time, “and in my desires.”

Admirers are honoring the actor throughout social media with the hashtags #WakandaForever in addition to #ChadwickForever, referring to the “Wakanda Endlessly” salute made iconic by Black Panther.