The world truly suffered an enormous loss late June 3, with the tragic passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Known universally as the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport, the iconic world champion died at the Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, late Friday, a spokesperson for the Ali family confirmed to USA Today. The athlete and activist had been hospitalized Thursday in connection with a respiratory illness that was complicated by his 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74. Of course, considering Ali's place in history, his death has sent shockwaves throughout the world — and fans reacting to and mourning Ali's death on Twitter are just some proof of this.
Ali's glittering career and unflinching personality transcended various borders and barriers. Though his fights against different men became the stuff of legends, he represented so much more in American culture, and his death is a devastating loss. In the wake of the legendary heavyweight champion's passing, fans are sharing memories of the fighting legend. It seems as though the words he wrote in his final years will remain true for a long while to come:
I never thought of the possibility of failing — only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won. I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the "Greatest of All Time," I believed in myself. And still do... nothing in life has defeated me. I am still "The Greatest." This I believe.
Remembering His Legacy
Memories From The Ring
The Greatest Of All Time
Recoiling In A Sad Year
Remembering His Caring Soul
An Unfathomable Loss
"Impossible Is Nothing"
The Only One
Not Enough Words
Giving Him The Memory He Deserved
The world is a lesser place without you, Muhammad Ali. Rest in peace.