As most now know, the world lost a king over the weekend. Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, died after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
Fans spent the days after his death flooding social media with tributes and eulogies to Boseman. Yesterday, Twitter confirmed that the tweet announcing the actor’s tragic death is the most-liked tweet in history.
“Most liked Tweet ever,” wrote Twitter’s official account. “Most liked Tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King. #WakandaForever.”
Most liked Tweet ever.
A tribute fit for a King. #WakandaForever https://t.co/lpyzmnIVoP
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 29, 2020
The tweet, which both confirmed the actor’s secret cancer diagnosis and his death, received more than 7.4 million likes and 3.1 million retweets in three days.
Before Boseman’s tweet, a photograph of President Barack Obama held the top spot, with 4.3 million likes and 1.6 million views.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
The Twitter account @yousuck2020 tweeted the most-retweeted post ever in January 2019. The tweet, which offers 1 million yen to 100 people if they follow the poster and retweet the post, received more than 4.3 million retweets.
— 前澤友作┃フォロワー1000万人記念企画実施中 (@yousuck2020) January 5, 2019