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.
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.
— Muhammad Ali (@MuhammadAli) June 4, 2016
Until Ali no one said "I'm beautiful" he was royalty, yet common man was his pal. That is beauty. Greatest kind pic.twitter.com/uX7htKHrGc
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
It's been said it was Rope a dope, Ali beat me with no his beauty that beat me. Most beauty I've know loved him pic.twitter.com/G64WX3eyZC
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) June 4, 2016
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali and his parents.
Photo: Neil Leifer pic.twitter.com/tLr8NKXqiD
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) June 4, 2016
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 4, 2016
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Rest in peace #MuhammadAli
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 4, 2016
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 4, 2016
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) June 4, 2016
For the greatest man I have ever known. https://t.co/OUZHVZWBHY
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) June 3, 2016
He shook up the world, and the world's better for it. Rest in peace, Champ. pic.twitter.com/z1yM3sSLH3
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2016
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) June 4, 2016
As boys, we huddled around the radio as Muhammad Ali floored Sonny Liston. In 1975, he walked into, and blessed, our lives…
— Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5) June 4, 2016
I had the honor of knowing #Muhammad Ali. He was simply The greatest inspiration to the whole world. Sad sad day.
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) June 4, 2016
— Larry King (@kingsthings) June 4, 2016
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) June 4, 2016
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
Today my heart goes out to a pioneer, a true legend, and a hero by all means! Not a day went by entering the gym that I didn't think of you. Your charisma, your charm and above all, your class are all of the elements that will be greatly missed by myself and the world. You are someone that inspired me greatly throughout my boxing journey and words cannot express how great you were as a person! Thank you for everything you've done for Black America, in the the world of sports & entertainment and for the legacy you leave behind! My sincerest condolences to the Ali family!
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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