Muhammad Ali, the American icon in boxing and civil rights champion in his own right, who famously declared himself as “The Greatest,” is dead.
NBC had reported that, “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,” Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman.
This picture taken May 26, 1965, in Lewiston, USA, during the world heavyweight boxing championship, at the end of which the American Muhammad Ali won against his compatriot Sonny Liston after a one minute fight with Joe Walcott as a referee.
Nearly every single top trending feeds on twitter are currently all for the Champ, from #MuhammedAli, #RIPAli, to #GOAT, and Mr Ali. Millions have poured out their hearts in support for the champion on social media. This man is truly someone who created a moving then and creates a movement now.
With the news spreading quick many celebrities, politicians, and other athletes have tweeted there admiration and a final rest in peace.
The response from the Boxing world, as well as, the World of Martial Arts also felt the weight of this legend losing the fight with Parkinson’s Disease. From UFC’s Dana White to Oscar De La Hoya and Mayweather to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Canelo Alvarez wraps it up well stating in Spanish that:
“My idol has left us. I will always remember you as the best & will follow ur example. Your legend will live forever.” This shows the community that Ali has inspirited and cultivated. Ali’s achievements in the ring made him an icon for not just the boxing community. He has touched the life’s of all athletes. The fleet-footed boxer was known as much for his quick putdowns as the speed of his fists, something every fighter aspires to master.
The final tweet from Ali, as marked with the hashtag, was a birthday wish. The final two tweets were both tweets sent out to Bono and the Rock on May 10 and on May 2.
Now, what about the tweet before that? An acknowledgement to the passing of the late musician and musician Prince.
With the last third tweeting a rest in peace, the fourth last tweet was a congratulations to the end of a career and as he states, one of the greatest to ever play the game, Kobe Bryant.
The city of Louisville’s mayor tweeted out a statement following the death of Ali. He stated that the all flags at all Metro Government facility will be at half-staff today.
My final prayers to the family and all the fans of the greatest sports figures in the world. I pray that his passing was an easy passage into his next life. Unfortunately we all must pass. I watched an amazing documentary entitled “Facing Ali” and most of his former is opponents talked about how fighting him change their lives. Not just about the aspect of boxing but being able to feed their children and their families for generations. As Muhammed Ali had many public flaws, what he did in his time that has echoed through my generation cannot be denied.
RIP Muhammed Ali.