'Black Panther' actor Chadwick Boseman's last tweet is now the most liked on Twitter


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Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. Photo: AP

The last tweet from late American actor Chadwick Boseman's account announcing the 43-year-old's death from colon cancer is now the most liked tweet of all time, according to Twitter.

Twitter announced it with a retweet of the post from Boseman's account: "Most liked Tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King. #WakandaForever," referencing the actor's most famous role to date - the titular superhero in Black Panther (2018)and the king of a fictional African nation known as Wakanda.

The tweet, which posted a black-and-white photo of Boseman alongside a statement announcing his death and a previously undisclosed colon cancer diagnosis, has over 6.2 million likes and three million retweets. It was posted at 10.11am on Saturday (Aug 29), in Singapore time.

Twitter said in a statement: "Fans are coming together on Twitter to celebrate the life of Chadwick Boseman, and the tweet sent from his account last night is now the most liked tweet of all time on Twitter."

The company has also reinstated the Black Panther hashtag emoji following Boseman's death.

The previously most-liked tweet of all time was from former United States president Barack Obama's account.

Obama tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote in August 2017, in the wake of the Charlottesville, Vriginia car attack in which a man drove his car into a crowd of peaceful protesters who had been protesting against white supremacists.

It read: "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion."

The tweet has 4.3 million likes and 1.6 million retweets. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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