Muhammad Ali Dead: Tributes from Sports Stars, Celebrities and Public Figures

June 4, 2016

The death of Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer, “The Greatest of All Time,” at age 74, has brought forth numerous reactions on Twitter, Instagram and other social media as fellow sports stars, celebrities and public figures pay tribute and offer condolences. Here is a roundup of what is being said of the global icon.

Muhammad Ali

The sad news broke in the wee hours of Saturday morning that, after his brief hospitalization in a Phoenix-area hospital, Muhammad Ali had died on Friday, June 3. The news was confirmed, as NBC News reports, by family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, who issued a statement: “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening.”

He leaves behind an inestimable legacy and an impact upon the world that goes far beyond the boxing ring. A champion in every sense of the word, even in the final decades of his life that saw him stricken with Parkinson’s disease and eventually losing the ability to speak.

He has been revered in recent years, and celebrated as a humanitarian, an inspiration, and for the wisdom of his many quotable quotes. In his 1960s and 1970s heyday he often took stances that were controversial, not least his stance on the Vietnam War as well as his conversion to Islam and name change from Cassius Clay, and it’s only in retrospect that the courage of his trailblazing efforts in the ring and in life has fully begun to be appreciated.

As news of his passing was confirmed, the tributes began pouring in from around the world. As is often the case, Twitter became the global gathering place for sports figures, public figures, media and Hollywood stars and celebrities and fans alike to react and to pay tribute. He had been a trending topic upon his hospitalization a day earlier.

Here is a roundup of what is being said of Muhammad Ali.

Reactions to the death of Muhammad Ali continue to pour in, as #Muhammad Ali and #RIPMuhammad Ali and #GOAT and #TheGreatest continue to be trending topics on Twitter and other social media platforms. The tributes to the icon will only continue in the coming days as countless public figures and fans alike share thoughts, memories, and appreciation for the legacy and condolences to the family.

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