Muhammad Ali Dies at Age 74
On Friday, June 3, legendary boxer and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74. For three decades, Muhammad Ali suffered from Parkinson’s disease,a progressive neurological condition that slowly took away his verbal capabilities, physical dexterity, and eventually his life.
The courageous boxer remained resilient despite his disease and continued to be vocal regarding his stance on politics. He recently made a statement opposing Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. "We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda," he said.
Since the surfacing news of Muhammad Ali’s death, celebrities and public figures have voiced their sadness over the passing of the legendary boxer.
President Obama released an official statement explaining what an honor it was to have known Muhammad Ali.
“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, Obama stated.
“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.”
Actor Will Smith, who played Muhammad Ali in the boxer's eponymous biopic, took to social media to honor him.
Muhammad Ali, thank you for sharing your greatness with us. We are truly grateful and humbled. May you rest in peace. Muhammad Ali’s funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.