For over 30 years, MUHAMMAD ALI suffered from PARKINSON'S DISEASE while keeping an active schedule of engagements.
ITP V.016 EDITORS NOTE:
This man is one of my heroes. The GREATEST OF ALLLLLLLLL TIME!!! MUHAMMAD ALI (BOXER-ACTIVIST-"CASSIUS MARCELLUS CLAY") , A poet, an activist, he stood against the war, charming, charismatic, very pre-ttay, a world boxing champion and an inspiration in every walk in life.
Please show some respect (call a truce from any unnecessary fighting) and send positive thoughts, condolences to MUHAMMAD ALI's family and friends: https://www.facebook.com/MuhammadAliVerified/
...and he was charming...
...He was more than the best boxer of all time.
...He was a humanitarian...
......and he was pre-tay.
. MUHAMMAD ALI WAS SIMPLY: THE GREATEST OF ALLLLLL TIME
FROM GEORGE FOREMAN (BOXER):
It's been said it was Rope a dope, Ali beat me with no his beauty that beat me. Most beauty I've know loved him pic.twitter.com/G64WX3eyZC— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) 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
FROM PUBLIC ENEMY:
R.I.P. Muhammad Ali
FROM MIKE TYSON (BOXER):
God came for his champion. So long great one. @MuhammadAli #TheGreatest #RIP pic.twitter.com/jhXyqOuabi— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) June 4, 2016
FROM FLOYD MAYWEATHER (BOXER):
Today my heart goes out to a pioneer, a true legend, and a hero by all means! Not a day went by… https://t.co/LKl0gI4inf— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 4, 2016
"Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he’d tell you. He’d tell you he was the double greatest; that he’d 'handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail.'
But what made The Champ the greatest—what truly separated him from everyone else—is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing.
Like everyone else on the planet, Michelle and I mourn his passing. But we’re also grateful to God for how fortunate we are to have known him, if just for a while; for how fortunate we all are that The Greatest chose to grace our time.
In my private study, just off the Oval Office, I keep a pair of his gloves on display, just under that iconic photograph of him—the young champ, just 22 years old, roaring like a lion over a fallen Sonny Liston. I was too young when it was taken to understand who he was—still Cassius Clay, already an Olympic Gold Medal winner, yet to set out on a spiritual journey that would lead him to his Muslim faith, exile him at the peak of his power, and set the stage for his return to greatness with a name as familiar to the downtrodden in the slums of Southeast Asia and the villages of Africa as it was to cheering crowds in Madison Square Garden.
'I am America,' he once declared. 'I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me—black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.'
That’s the Ali I came to know as I came of age—not just as skilled a poet on the mic as he was a fighter in the ring, but a man who fought for what was right. A man who fought for us. He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke out when others wouldn’t. His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled, and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground. And his victory helped us get used to the America we recognize today.
He wasn’t perfect, of course. For all his magic in the ring, he could be careless with his words, and full of contradictions as his faith evolved. But his wonderful, infectious, even innocent spirit ultimately won him more fans than foes—maybe because in him, we hoped to see something of ourselves. Later, as his physical powers ebbed, he became an even more powerful force for peace and reconciliation around the world. We saw a man who said he was so mean he’d make medicine sick reveal a soft spot, visiting children with illness and disability around the world, telling them they, too, could become the greatest. We watched a hero light a torch, and fight his greatest fight of all on the world stage once again; a battle against the disease that ravaged his body, but couldn’t take the spark from his eyes.
Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it. Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family, and we pray that the greatest fighter of them all finally rests in peace." —President Obama
FROM PATRICIA THOMAS MANAGEMENT:
RIP Muhammad Ali. One of the greatest sportsmen ever. They don't make many like him any more
FROM ANCHORAGE NIGHT OUT:
Float like a butterfly...Sting like a bee :-( RIP "The Greatest of All Time" Muhammad Ali.
FROM PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS:
"Well it started about 12 years ago. Someone stole my bicycle and I said I was going to learn how to fight so that I could catch him and beat him up. But I never did catch him. But I ended up the champ of the whole world." - Muhammad Ali, to 17 year old Michael Aisner in 1966. #RIPAli
FROM ROLLING STONE and PAUL MCCARTNEY:
Paul McCartney, who first met Muhammad Ali alongside The Beatles in February 1964, penned a tribute to the legendary boxer who died Friday at the age of 74. "Dear Muhammad Ali. I loved that man," the bassist wrote.
FROM BILL MOYERS:
"He was butterfly and bee. In the ring, he floated and stung.
In 1967, Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, refused to put on a uniform.
'Got nothing against no Viet Cong,” he said. “Ain’t no Vietnamese ever called me nigger.'
The punishment became his trophy. By taking away his crown, they anointed him king.
Years later, a few college students asked him to recite something. And for them he improvised the shortest poem in world literature:
“Me, we.” - Eduardo Galeano
FROM MICHAEL MOORE (DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER-DIRECTOR):
"Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality…. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years."
After taking this stand and refusing to be drafted into the US Army, Ali was arrested, convicted as a felon, stripped of his boxing title, prohibited from boxing anywhere and given a prison sentence for refusing to go to Vietnam. He appealed it all the way to the Supreme Court where he won.
This is the kind of selfless, courageous action we are sorely missing today. Who amongst us would risk EVERYTHING for what we believe in, for doing what we know in our hearts is right?
It's never too late.
Muhammad Ali, a heavyweight champion of civil liberties and ACLU client, epitomized principled resistance. #TheGreatest
FROM MICHAEL J. FOX (ACTOR):
'Glad you're in this fight with me' -Michael J. Fox shares Ali's words http://nbcnews.to/1U5TswN via
FROM SUGAR RAY LEONARD (BOXER):
I woke up this morning with a tear coming down my cheek, an ache in my chest along with an appreciation of a man, fighter and friend— Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) June 5, 2016
That I truly admired, idolized and loved in Muhammad Ali. My true feelings have not totally surfaced yet because No One beats Muhammad Ali.— Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) June 5, 2016
So to continue his journey I will thank God for bringing this incredible man into my life! RIP Champ— Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) June 5, 2016
FROM LARRY HOLMES (BOXER):
The world has lost an incredible legend, I have lost a phenomenal friend and mentor. Much love #Ali #RIPChamp— Larry Holmes (@LarryHolmes75) June 4, 2016
FROM JOE FRAZIER FAMILY (BOXER JOE FRAZIER DIED 11/7/2011):
FROM LIVING COLOUR:Peace & blessings from the Frazier family. The World has lost the greatest hero of all times: @MuhammadAli Thank you for paving the way RIP.— Smokin Joe Frazier (@ChampJoeFrazier) June 4, 2016
#RipMuhammadAli thank you champ! You were an inspiration to all! Condolences To the @MuhammadAli family pic.twitter.com/UkblNNVGXt— Living Colour (@LivingColour) June 4, 2016
The greatest of all time 💜 #rip #Prince #MuhammedAli 👑 #OTEP
FROM JESSE VENTURA (ATHLETE, POLITICIAN):
I lost my Hero today. Muhammad Ali opposed the Vietnam war like I opposed the Iraq war and we were both hated for it. I was in the Greatest of Company!
Rest in Peace.
As Janis Joplin sang, tonight A Little Piece of my Heart is Missing.
FROM HANA ALI (MUHAMMAD ALI'S DAUGHTER):
FROM MUHAMMAD ALI (FACEBOOK):
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R.I.P. MUHAMMAD ALI
Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-and thank YOU MUHAMMAD ALI for everything and for standing up for what is RIGHTEOUS.