- The world collectively mourned the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali
- Ali died at the age of 74 on Friday, June 3, after 32 years of living with Parkinson’s disease
- A public memorial for Ali is scheduled on Friday, June 10, at 2 p.m. ET at the Yum Center in his Kentucky hometown
The world paused as global leaders, top athletes, celebrities and normal citizens alike mourned the death of boxing’s greatest fighter, Muhammad Ali.
The charismatic heavyweight boxing champion of the world, a man who declared himself “the greatest” and proved it with his fists, transcended the world of sports to become a symbol of the antiwar movement in the 60s and a global ambassador for cross-cultural understanding, died June 3 at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was residing. The boxing icon died at the age of 74, after spending 32 years fighting Parkinson’s disease, as per an article published by CNN.
People from across the globe paid tribute to the boxer over social media with hashtags such as #GOAT, or Greatest of All Time, and #RestinPower.
“Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it,” President Obama said in a lengthy statement. “Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family, and we pray that the greatest fighter of them all finally rests in peace.” Obama later telephoned Ali’s widow, Lonnie, to express his condolences, the White House said, as per an article published by The Washington Post.
People’s champion Manny Pacquiao said the passing of Ali is not just a deep loss for boxing but for mankind itself: “We lost a giant today. Boxing benefited from Muhammad Ali’s talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefited from his humanity. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ali family.”
“God came for his champion. So long great one,” said former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
“Ali, you were generous every time I met you. Thank you for all you did for so many. Your memory will live on forever#Olympicgold #GOAT,” Caitlyn Jenner twitted.
Madonna also paid tribute through Twitter: “This Man. This King. This Hero. This Human! Words cannot express. He shook up the World! God Bless Him.”
A family spokesman shared that a public memorial for Muhammad Ali is scheduled on Friday, June 10, at 2 p.m. ET at the Yum Center in his Kentucky hometown.