On Friday, boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali died at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Ali had been admitted to the hospital late Thursday evening for respiratory issues related to his illness. Late Friday night, Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell confirmed his death to USA Today. And almost immediately after the news was announced, tributes for Muhammad Ali began flooding the internet.
It's impossible that the world wouldn't pay attention to the passing of such a great legend — one whose name was constantly uttered the same sentence as "champion," even by President Barack Obama himself. (Just read Obama's 2010 USA Today tribute to the heavyweight star.) Celebrities, athletes, the U.S. Olympic team, and members of the public alike began to share their appreciation for Ali across social media, posting photos, memes, and powerful quotes of their icon. And Obama, released a statement following the boxer's death as well, saying he "shook up the world. And the world is better for it."
Here are a few memes and tributes of Muhammad Ali circulating the web that truly showcase Ali's prowess, and prove that there will never be a greater athlete to trump "the greatest" himself.