The Greatest dead at 74: the internet pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

Legendary fighter Muhammad Ali has today died in Phoenix, Arizona, aged 74.

The Kentucky-born boxer with the golden gloves and the memorable quotes succumbed to a series of health issues that began back in 2014, further complicated by Parkinson’s.

He lived a fabled life, winning 37 of his 61 fights by knock-out, and earned a Gold Medal at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games for the US. Beyond the ring, Ali (born Cassius Clay) was known for his wisdom, his self-belief, paradoxically as a boxer, his immense kindness.

Soon after the news of his death broke this morning (around 6am GMT) his fans and followers took to social media soon after his death to pay their respects. Fellow boxers led the praise and mourning:

Beyond the giants of the boxing world, celebrities, sports personalities from other fields, and world leaders also expressed their sorrow at Ali’s passing.

South African personalities also added their voice:

At the time of writing, #RIPMuhammadAli was Twitter’s top trending hashtag with over 570 000 tweets. Additional trends include “Cassius Clay”, “Muhammad Ali”, and simply “Ali”.

Feature image: Knowle West Media Centre via Flickr

Andy Walker, former editor


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