Muhammad Ali one of the most charismatic sports figure passed away on Friday at the age of 74.

A Family Spokesman said Ali, had advanced Parkinson’s disease,he  died Friday after being taken to a Phoenix-area hospital due to respiratory issues. He had been placed on life support to regulate his breathing.

Ali called himself “The Greatest,” which was echoed by millions. The three-time world heavyweight champion was one of the most iconic sporting heroes of the 20th century, who said he could “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

Credit: Wikipedia
Credit: Wikipedia

Ali, rose to stardom in the boxing world as a youngster. He had speed, that was never seen before in his weight class. He continued rising in popularity with his equally quick wit and colourful personality that lifted him into the realm of super-stardom and brought in globally televised multi-million-dollar fights.

The legendary fighter spent his last years battling with Parkinson’s disease, however this didn’t keep him from public view and he without a doubt remained for 50 years one of the most recognisable people on the planet.

Muhammad Ali was as he says the greatest. Is the greatest. Will continue to be the greatest.

As the world mourned, it remains evident there will never be another like him.

Nadiya Jamir Hussain ‏@BegumNadiya 

‘I am the greatest,I said that before i knew I was’ #MuhammadAli #RIP #legend


Joe Calzaghe ‏@RealJoeCalzaghe 

So Sad to hear the news #MuhammadAli has passed away #GreatestOfAllTime #RIPChamp


Paul Taylor ‏@nottmtails 

‘If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologise’. RIP. #MuhammadAli


Frank Bruno MBE @frankbrunoboxer

Inspiration, Mentor, my Friend, an Earthly God of humanity, Simply#TheGreatest #RipMuhammadAli @muhammadali


Mike Tyson @MikeTyson

God came for his champion. So long great one. @muhammadali#TheGreatest #RIP