Muhammad Ali Dead at 74
Sports stars and celebrities, including Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Madonna, have paid tribute to Muhammad Ali following his death on Friday. The 74-year-old boxing hero was admitted to a medical center in Phoenix, Arizona, for respiratory complications earlier this week, and reports suggest he spent his final few hours on life support.
Family spokesman Bob Gunnell confirmed the sad news of Ali’s passing in a statement released late on Friday. “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74,” he wrote. “The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.” Sports stars, actors and musicians flocked to social media to express their condolences after news of his death broke, with many posting photos paying tribute to one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. Former boxing champion-turned-actor Mike Tyson shared a snap of the pair on Twitter, and captioned it, “God came for his champion. So long great one. @MuhammadAli #TheGreatest #RIP.”
Former boxing champion and Olympic gold-medalist George Foreman also wrote a touching message on Twitter, acknowledging two of his boxing peers who had sadly passed away: “Ali, (Joe) Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy. A part of me slipped away, ‘The greatest piece.'”
We lost a giant today. You will always be GOAT. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ali family. May God bless them. pic.twitter.com/g7s6GETODG— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) June 4, 2016
Foreman fought Ali in the famous Rumble in The Jungle match that took place in Zaire – now the Democratic Republic of the Congo – in the summer of 1974. Ali won the fight, becoming the world heavyweight champion. Meanwhile, Madonna, who only recently grieved the loss of her close friend Prince, shared a photo of herself with Ali on Instagram, with the caption, “What is going on??!! We are losing all of our National Treasures. Our Pillars of Humanity. He was the Greatest!” Rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who has a tattoo of Ali’s signature on his chest, took to Instagram to remember a meeting with his mentor and friend. “This pic means so much to me!,” he wrote. “The love he showed me he didn’t have too (sic). He always was excited to see me. He even came to see me on Broadway in A Raisin In The Sun. He sat thru (sic) a 3 hr (sic) play to see me. It bugged me out. It humbled me. Thank you for the love. I MISS YOU. #RIPALI.” The rapper-turned-actor later shared a photo of his son Justin being hugged and kissed by Ali, writing, “Thank you for always showing me and my family love. He was so kind to everyone he met! I want my son @princejdc to always cherish this moment.” Star Wars actor John Boyega also marked Ali’s loss on Twitter, commenting, “May our lives be an inspiration to the people around us as much as our words. The greatest. Rest easy champ,” while Frozen star Josh Gad tweeted, “In a year where many greats have passed, the greatest of all has just left us. Goodbye champ. Fly like a butterfly.”
Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy a part of me slipped away "the greatest piece" Muhammad Ali.— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
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