The actor best known for roles in film such as Black Panther and Get on Up, has recently passed away after a personal battle with colon cancer. Ironically, his last tweet on his Twitter account has become the most liked tweet on Twitter in…ever.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” a statement on his death read “⁣Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”

Many fans weren’t aware of his sickness considering he worked through all the challenges he was facing without even a mention of it.

“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,” the statement explained.

Boseman died on August 28, 2020 in his home beside his family. “The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” the statement read.

The announcement was shared to his Twitter account, and because it came as such a shock to fans, it was shared millions of times. It was even shared by the official Twitter account stating that it was the “most liked tweet ever” with currently over 7.4 million likes.

The record surpassed the now second most-liked tweet, which was in August 2017 when former President Barack Obama a quote by Nelson Mandela about racism: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” The tweet has 4.3 million likes, a whopping 3 million less than Boseman’s.

Obama was one of many famous people who paid tribute to Boseman. “Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson,” he posted on his Instagram account. “You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.”

Are you a fan of Chadwick Boseman’s films? Did you have any idea he was sick behind the scenes for so many years? Was his death a shock to you?