Boy, 7, pays emotional tribute to favourite superhero: Black Panther

Boy, 7, pays emotional tribute to favourite superhero: Black Panther

- A 7-year-old boy has held a small memorial service for his idol, Chadwick Boseman

- Kian Westbrook said that Black Panther (played by Chadwick) is his favourite superhero

- A picture of the memorial posted to Twitter by Kian's father has gone viral

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In an absolutely heart-wrenching social media post, seven-year-old Kian Westbrook can be seen holding a memorial for the late Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was a world-renowned actor known for playing King T'Challa in Black Panther. According to CNN, Kian heard of the death of his favourite superhero and broke down into tears.

With the help of his mother, Twitter user @leswestbrk (Leslie Westbrook), he set up a small memorial including all his Marvel superhero action figures and flowers. Kian stood next to the memorial with his arms folded in the Wakanda greeting pose.

Kian's father @KingWestbrook7 (King Westbrook) shared the image of his son to Twitter and the post has since gone viral. It has over 70 000 retweets and over 600 000 likes.

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7-year-old Kian Westbrook went viral after holding a memorial for the late Chadwick Boseman. Source: @KingWestbrook7 / Twitter
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In an interview with CNN, Kian was quoted saying:

"He was a good role model to me and black boys because he let me know black boys can be heroes too."

Here's what some Twitter users had to say to the seven-year-old:

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@surfnsandchic wrote:

"I don't have the heart to tell my kids... my son was Black Panther for Halloween the last two years."

@besaintly4you replied:

"How beautiful and sweet your son is. I’m sure that Chadwick Boseman is looking down on y’all right now in awe." recently reported on the untimely passing of the Black Panther star. The famous Black actor died of colon cancer that he had been battling for a while.

Boseman, who brought King T'Challa to life in Black Panther, died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side. He was 43-years-old.

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