Three-time heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali , who charmed millions with his wit and confidence in the ring and inspired many more with his commitment to humanitarian causes died Friday, the family’s spokesman said. He was 74.
“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,” said family spokesperson Bob Gunnell.
Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Gunnell said in the statement, adding “the Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”
Ali had been hospitalized in the Phoenix area — where he passed away — for a respiratory issue June 2. At the time, a rep said he was in fair condition.
Celebrities, politicians and other public figures took to social media to remember the iconic boxer.
“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!”
” R.I.P Champ ?? .. This picture inspired my last album art #EyanMayweather thanks for being a blessing in different ways . The Greatest and the original Baddest guy ever liveth ..”
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“Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!”
“The sporting universe has just suffered a big loss. Muhammad Ali was my friend, my idol, my hero. We spent many moments together and always kept a good connection throughout the years. The sadness is overwhelming. I wish him peace with God. And I send love and strength to his family.”
“RIP to my idol Muhammad Ali. I will love & miss you Champ.”
“We lost a giant today. You will always be GOAT. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ali family. May God bless them.”
“#RIP to the legend @MuhammadAli . Revolutionised the sport. Redefined boundaries. Stood up for what he believed. The original #GOAT”
“God came for his champion. So long great one.
@MuhammadAli #TheGreatest #RIP”
“R.I.P to the World’s Greatest #MuhammedAli
#Legend @ American Airlines Center”