Athletes, celebrities and filmmakers were among the many people who paid tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali as news of his death hit the news late Friday night.
Fellow boxers Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. were some of the first to tweet about their dearly departed friend.
My heart is deeply saddened yet both appreciative and relieved that the greatest is now resting in the greatest place.— Roy Jones Jr. (@RealRoyJonesJr) June 4, 2016
Ralph Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy. A part of me slipped away, "The greatest piece" https://t.co/xVKOc9qtub— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
Former President Bill Clinton, on behalf of himself and wife Hillary Clinton, released a statement filled with ringing praises for the boxing legend.
“Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali," the statement read. "From the day he claimed the Olympic gold medal in 1960, boxing fans across the world knew they were seeing a blend of beauty and grace, speed and strength that may never be matched again. We watched him grow from the brash self-confidence of youth and success into a manhood full of religious and political convictions that led him to make tough choices and live with the consequences. Along the way we saw him courageous in the ring, inspiring to the young, compassionate to those in need, and strong and good-humored in bearing the burden of his own health challenges.”
Other athletes were also quick to send out their condolences.
Soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan states Ali was her first inspiration.
Mohammad Ali was the first athlete I was truly inspired by. He was a true champion and forever a legend. RIP Muhammad Ali.— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 4, 2016
Greatest of All Time.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 4, 2016
Rest in Peace Champ.#Ali
Filmmaker Michael Moore praised Ali for “standing up to those in power.”
Ali- we will NEVER forget your courage, standing up to those in power. You gave up your title & your career rather than kill Vietnamese. RIP— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 4, 2016
"Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare." - 1/2 Muhammad Ali #RIP— Ben Sherwood (@bensherwood) June 4, 2016
"Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” - Muhammad Ali #RIP 2/2— Ben Sherwood (@bensherwood) June 4, 2016
Rest in Peace #MuhammedAli Had the dream come true of meeting him. The G.O.A.T. He said it himself. And then could back up what he said.— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) June 4, 2016
Justin Bieber posted a picture of Ali in his youthful days on Instagram, with the caption, “This is the ALI we should all remember! The fun loving man who was fully himself!! RIP CHAMP!!!”
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey tweeted a black and white photo of the iconic boxer with one of his memorable quotes:
For the greatest man I have ever known. https://t.co/OUZHVZWBHY— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) June 3, 2016
Even Republican front-runner Donald Trump sent his regards:
Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2016
Better now that I say my sooth
I’m gonna die demanding truth
While I’m still akin to youth
Better now than later on
Now that fear of death is gone
Never mind another dawn.
- Freedom by Muhammad Ali
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