Muhammad Alidied on Friday, and now celebrities are reacting to the boxing legend’s death. Ali, who was taken to a Phoenix hospital on Thursday with respiratory issues, was 74. See stars’ reactions to the passing of the boxing legend below.
In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a disease that’s often precipitated by head trauma from such activities as boxing. Just three years earlier, Ali retired from boxing. During his illustrious career Ali won an Olympic gold medal and was a three-time heavyweight champion. In 2005, The Greatest, as he was known, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ali’s last public appearance was on April 9, 2016 when he attended Phoenix’s 22nd annual Celebrity Fight Night, which benefitted several charities, including the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
Peter Facinelli tweeted, “The Greatest of All Time.Rip #MuhammedAli.” Gabrielle Union wrote, “Rest in Peace and Eternal Glory #muhammadali Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” And Matt Lauer expressed, “The Greatest is gone. @MuhammadAli changed the world as a fighter, humanitarian, teacher and force for peace and understanding. A champion.”
Hailee Steinfeld offered,”don’t count the days. make the days count. #RIPALI.” Octavia Spencer quoted him and then noted, “‘I am the greatest!’Yes you were #MuhummadAli!!!!.” Nick Lachey felt, “Not many people can claim the title of legend. #Ali was one!! Blessings to he and his family. His legacy will live forever. #champ.” And Randy Jackson tweeted, “RIP to the absolute greatest thank you @MuhammadAli.”
Drake Bell shared, “Goodbye to the Greatest of All Time!” Donald Trump tweeted, “Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!” Andy Cohen simply hashtagged, “#TheGreatest.” “In a year where many greats have passed, the greatest of all has just left us. Goodbye champ. Fly like a butterfly,” added Josh Gad.
Diddy tweeted, “REST IN PRACE GREAT ONE. #RIPALI.” Jenny McCarthy shared a photo of herself with Ali and captioned it, “RIP Muhammad ALI – Champion and hero.” And Johnny Knoxville simply stated, :RIP The Greatest of All Time Muhammad Ali.”
Larry King wrote, “I mourn the passing of #MuhammadAli. He was indeed ‘The Greatest.’ An American legend & a true Champion for the world. #RIPMuhammadAli.” Mike Tyson mourned, “God came for his champion. So long great one. @MuhammadAli #TheGreatest #RIP.” “Strong prayers up & loving energy for The Greatest. There will never be another quite like him… #RIP #ALi,” expressed Mario Lopez.
“RIP to the greatest. Ali,” noted Russell Simmons. Kate Walsh added, “Wow. Such an inspiration. #floatlikeabutterflystinglikeabee #ali #rip.” And Jordin Sparks shared, “Oh my heart. I’ll always cherish those precious moments w you. I know you’re resting in His arms, The Greatest of All Time…Muhammad Ali.”
Mark Ballas wrote, “R.I.P Champ.” Kris Jenner offered, “Rest in peace, champ. #thegreatest.” And Jeff Daniels expressed, “You can change the world. #MuhammadAli.” Meanwhile, Lil Wayne said, “RIP to the greatest! Ali forever.” “This man inspired me. The Champ. Rest in peace. 2016 is a rough one,” added Idris Elba. Robe Lowe tweeted, “The original GOAT is gone. I will never forget his vast legacy and the time he showed me a magic trick. #MuhammadAli Forever!”
On Saturday morning, LL Cool J tweeted, “Muhammad Ali, we are all stronger because of the light you shared with us. Rest in peace G.O.A.T. I love you.” Samuel L. Jackson simply said, “Thanks CHAMP!!! RIP! Nuff said.” Oprah declared, “The world has lost a Legend and real Champion. #RIPMuhammadAli.” Snooki noted, “Sending so much love to @TheRealLailaAli and her family today. So sorry for your loss. His legendary legacy will live on.”
And in a lengthy Instagram post, Lance Armstrong wrote, “Waking up to a heavy heart hearing about The Champ’s passing. On multiple occasions I was blessed to spend time with Muhammad. He was a true inspiration to myself and billions (yes, billions) of others. This book arrived on my door step one day as a gift from The Champ and Mrs. Ali. It is one of my most prized possessions. Champ, rest in peace. And Lonnie, my deepest condolences. #GOAT.”
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