Celebrities around the world are taking to social media to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at age 74.
Ali, known as “the greatest” boxer in history, battled Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years. He was hospitalized in Phoenix earlier this week and was suffering from respiratory problems, according to a family spokesperson.
A legendary sports and popular culture figure, Ali inspired a generation of athletes and entertainers the world over.
Political figures, like President Barack Obama and Donald Trump; entertainers, like Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, and Michael J. Fox; and boxing greats, like George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and others, paid their respects to the man who shook up the world.
He shook up the world, and the world's better for it. Rest in peace, Champ. pic.twitter.com/z1yM3sSLH3
— President Obama (@POTUS44) June 4, 2016
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
Ali, the G-O-A-T. A giant, an inspiration, a man of peace, a warrior for the cure. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/MCLyJhLC0X
— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) June 4, 2016
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) June 4, 2016
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) June 4, 2016
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) June 4, 2016
The original GOAT is gone. I will never forget his vast legacy and the time he showed me a magic trick. #MuhammadAli Forever!!
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 4, 2016
I met him a few times . And he was always the funniest guy in the room. So sad. pic.twitter.com/gl6hjV7Y0W
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) June 4, 2016
This Man. This King. This Hero. This Human! Words cannot express. He shook up the World! God Bless Him. pic.twitter.com/FQgKup7swz
— Madonna (@Madonna) June 4, 2016
— ABC News (@ABC) June 4, 2016
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) 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
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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 & entertainmen and for the legacy you leave behind! My sincerest condolences to the Ali family!
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