Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion of the world, dubbed “The Greatest,” died at the at age of 74 on Friday.
“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,” spokesman Bob Gunnell said in a statement, according to ET.com.
“The Ali family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support and asks for privacy at this time.”
He was at the HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center in Scottsdale with a respiratory problem.
The final public photo taken of Ali was with singer Carrie Underwood at a Celebrity Fight Night event several weeks ago in April at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.
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Hana Ali said that her father was a “humble mountain.”
Tributes have come in about the boxer.
Former boxer and the all-time leader in pay-per-views, Floyd Mayweather Jr., told the BBC: “There will never be another Muhammad Ali. The black community all around the world, black people all around the world, needed him. He was the voice for us. He’s the voice for me to be where I’m at today.”
“I just want to thank Muhammad Ali and his family for being such strong people. You will always be missed. My prayers go out to Ali and his family.”
George Foreman, Ali’s friend and rival, told the BBC: “We were like one guy—part of me is gone.”
“Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest human beings I have ever met. No doubt he was one of the best people to have lived in this day and age,” he said. “To put him as a boxer is an injustice.”
Ex-heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield told MSNBC: “I’m glad to have known Ali because when I was a kid, at eight years old, I was told I would be like Ali.”
“To take it upon yourself and say, ‘I’m the greatest’, you put yourself in a position for people to take pot shots at you. This is what Ali did. It’s amazing him becoming three-time heavyweight champion of the world. At that time people thought, ‘Who could beat three?’
“You have to be stronger to get up from a loss to go on and that’s what Ali proved to be.”
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson also paid tribute.
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“God came for his champion. So long great one. @MuhammadAli #TheGreatest #RIP,” he wrote.