Read what Muhammad Ali wrote in his memoir on the page titled "HOW I WOULD like to be REMEMBERED" pic.twitter.com/VT2ivwUoLc— Chris Donovan (@chrisdonovan) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali was not just a champion in the ring - he was a champion of civil rights, and a role model for so many people.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 4, 2016
The true GOAT. What a sad day for everyone to loose someone so great and kind and someone who? https://t.co/OIyNfGPuTs— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 4, 2016
Saying farewell to the man who fought for justice until the final bell. RIP to the people's champ: Muhammad Ali. pic.twitter.com/xXjlldJ4RG— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) June 4, 2016
Until Ali no one said "I'm beautiful" he was royalty, yet common man was his pal. That is beauty. Greatest kind pic.twitter.com/uX7htKHrGc— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
I met him a few times . And he was always the funniest guy in the room. So sad. pic.twitter.com/gl6hjV7Y0W— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) June 4, 2016
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya calls the late Muhammad Ali "a legend who transcended sport and was a true champion for all." pic.twitter.com/6sC1roi4iE— ABC News (@ABC) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2016
It was an honor to not only meet the great Muhammad Ali, but to be awarded at Muhammad Ali? https://t.co/hOitYl6pN8— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) June 4, 2016
Ali, the G-O-A-T. A giant, an inspiration, a man of peace, a warrior for the cure. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/MCLyJhLC0X— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) June 4, 2016
Our father was a "Humble Mountain!" And now he has gone home to God. God bless you daddy. YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!— Hana Ali (@Hanayali) June 4, 2016
RIP, Muhammad Ali. Here's SI's cover remembering The Greatest pic.twitter.com/Qv63cBPM3M— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 4, 2016
I cannot believe we have lost Muhammad Ali. He really was The Greatest.— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) June 4, 2016
RIP, Champ. Thank you for your leadership, your humanity, and love. We are all better because of you. @MuhammadAli— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) June 4, 2016
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Rest in peace #MuhammadAli— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 4, 2016
Goodbye my friend. You were Great in so many ways. https://t.co/4rY68GF8mB— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) June 4, 2016
Today my heart goes out to a pioneer, a true legend, and a hero by all means! Not a day went by? https://t.co/LKl0gI4inf— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 4, 2016
"Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he'd tell you. He'd tell you he was the double greatest; that he'd "handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail."
But what made The Champ the greatest - what truly separated him from everyone else - is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing.
Like everyone else on the planet, Michelle and I mourn his passing. But we're also grateful to God for how fortunate we are to have known him, if just for a while; for how fortunate we all are that The Greatest chose to grace our time."
Excerpt from President George W. Bush's statement. He awarded Ali the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005:
Laura and I are saddened by the death of Muhammad Ali, The Greatest of All Time. I gave Ali the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 and wondered aloud how he stayed so pretty throughout so many fights. "It probably had to do with his beautiful soul. He was a fierce fighter and he's a man of peace, just like Odessa and Cassius Clay, Sr., believed their son could be. Muhammad Ali was an iconic and historic figure who thrilled, entertained, influenced, and inspired millions. Americans will always be proud to have been in his corner and called him one of our own."
Statement from presidential candidate Bernie Sander's on Ali's death:
"Muhammad Ali was the greatest, not only an extraordinary athlete but a man of great courage and humanity."
Excerpt from statement from CAIR National Board Chair Roula Allouch:
"Muhammad Ali, a man who stood by his principles despite criticism and hardship, exemplified a true patriot and a true Muslim. His strength, courage and love of humanity has been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to people of all faiths and backgrounds in America and worldwide."
Excerpt of a statement from the director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, Holly Shill, MD, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center:
"I first met Muhammad Ali in the late 1990s when he had been dealing with Parkinson's for many years. I have watched him face the disease with grace and humor, and he has inspired countless patients to do the same. We have lost a great warrior in the battle of Parkinson's, but hope continues for a better tomorrow. We will continue with the Center's mission to improve the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson's."