After a 32-year-long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer breathed his last on Saturday at Phoenix after failing to recover from respiratory complications.
Ali, originally known as Cassius Clay, began training at the age of 12 and ten years later, he won the first world heavyweight championship in 1964. Shortly after that bout, he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. Crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC, his legacy both as an athlete and a social activist cannot be matched.
Heartfelt tributes started pouring in soon after his demise. Mike Tyson, former American professional boxer and his close friend, Tweeted in the most extraordinary way:
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) June 4, 2016
Even the Gods would be feeling lucky today. Twitterati poured out their love for Ali as well.
— #TalkTank (@bayospeaks) June 4, 2016
— Leo Anzeer (@leo_anzeer) June 4, 2016