Tragic news tore through the planet tonight, as word broke that boxing legend Cassius Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali, had passed away a day after being in a Scottsdale, Arizona hospital due to a respiratory condition.
On Thursday, he was described as being in fair condition. Sadly, his health worsened over the following day, and Ali was put on life support on Friday. A few hours later, the legend passed away.
A boxing icon who’s 21-year career saw him garner a 56-5 record with 37 knockouts, thus causing many to view him as the greatest Heavyweight boxer and perhaps the greatest boxer of all time, the man was even more transcendent as a human being. A civil rights activist and humanitarian, Ali will always be remembered for not participating in the Vietnam War. As a result, Ali was stripped of his championship and suspended. Still, he stuck to his convictions, and did not relent.
Ali was also a humanitarian, and was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 1997, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1999, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold and also honorary doctorate of humanities at Princeton University’s 260th graduation ceremony in 2007. He has been honored worldwide, in forms of street signs, malls, statues, etc.
A renaissance man, Ali’s quotes will live on forever, his persona will never be forgotten, his knockouts are the stuff of legends, his willingness to stick to his convictions truly unbelievable, and his humanitarian efforts will be remembered throughout time.
Ali was 74 years old.