Mohammad Ali reined the boxing ring for several decades and at the age of 74 he said adieus to this world. He was on the life saving devices for quite some time now and apparently he was suffering from the Parkinson disease. The news of his death flashed in all the national and international media. Here is the complete report.
[su_expand more_text=”READ MORE” less_text=” ” height=”0″ hide_less=”yes” link_style=”button” link_align=”center”] According to the news published by The Telegraph, Muhammad Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion and one of sport’s most influential individuals, has died aged 74. Ali, who earned the nickname ‘The Greatest’, suffered from Parkinson’s disease since 1984. He was taken into hospital on Thursday for a respiratory condition and had been being kept in “as a precaution”. News of his death was released by his family’s spokesman early on Saturday morning (GMT). Politicians, athletes and celebrities immediately flooded to social media to pay tribute to “The Greatest”. Ali was also described as a “humble mountain” and “the biggest and the best”. Follow live as the world reacts to the death of the celebrated boxer and public figure.
Michael Parkinson has paid tribute on Sky Sports News saying “He was the most extraordinary man I’ve ever met, and I’ve met a few” He said, The first time I met him, he walked across the studio floor towards me, and first of all I was struck by the grace and elegance of his movement, and the size of him. Then I became obsessed by his hands – he had the longest fingers of a boxer I’d seen. They were the fingers of a concert pianist rather than a pugilist.
He was the most extraordinary man I’ve ever met, and I’ve met a few. He didn’t have any reservations about behavior, and what he should or should not say. So what you got was raw: he could be funny, nasty, and aggressive. He was a package you could not predict.
The nicest thing that’s ever happened to me in television was when his family came over with the Ali exhibition earlier this year. We had a call from them saying that he loved to watch the Parkinson interviews on YouTube. He would point and say, ‘Watch this, I get him here’, and all that. They asked if we could put together a compilation on disc to save him going on YouTube. Those interviews defined my career in many ways.
His charisma was palpable. You were sitting with a guy who was box-office. He could sell tickets – and sell himself – better than anybody else I’ve ever met. And he couldn’t stop talking. It was never an easy ride with him, but my word it was a fantastic experience.
Amir Khan “No fighter or sportsman will ever reach the level of Muhammad Ali, whose name will continue to echo through the ages. Inspiring, charismatic, a true legend – Ali will never be forgotten. Having the chance to meet the great man will be a memory and privilege I will always hold dear.”
Nicola Adams “Prayers go out to boxing’s greatest of all time and an inspiration to me and so many people.”
Joe Calzaghe “People loved him, he was someone completely different, backed it up in the ring and everybody wanted to tune in and watch him fight. He was a superstar. There’ll never be another Muhammad Ali, in 1,000 years’ time people will look back and say he was the greatest. He was my inspiration, I tried to copy some of his moves and it is a truly sad day. But I’m proud that my sport of boxing has probably the greatest all-round sportsman of all time.”
Frank Bruno “Inspiration, mentor, my friend, an Earthly god of humanity, simply the greatest.”
J K Rowling the writer of Harry Potter twitted
float like a butterfly, sting like a bee💕👏🏻
— dianne (@brtshkink) June 4, 2016
Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar twitted
My hero since childhood. I always had a wish to meet you some day but now it will never happen. RIP "The Greatest” pic.twitter.com/Yj6za7GwUe
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 4, 2016
Source: Various Sources