Another soul is gone from our midst. On June 3, boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away after being on life support in a Phoenix hospital. Muhammad was 74 years old at the time of his passing, but his legacy will live on. President Obama made a touching speech in his honor. See what he had to say!
This is so heartbreaking. On June 3, American icon, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the tender age of 74. The boxer was suffering from respiratory issues before his untimely demise and was placed on life support. After a long and ferocious fight, he passed away. President Barack Obama, 54, has since released a statement regarding Muhammad’s death. Read it here.
“He shook up the world, and the world’s better for it,” President Obama tweeted on June 4. “Rest in peace, Champ.” He also posted a photo of himself featuring a framed picture of Muhammad’s big fight against Sonny Liston in 1965.
“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.”
President Obama has always been known to have a way with words, and his touching statement was no exception. In expressing his deep condolences to the family and the world, he perfectly described how we are all feeling. Muhammad lived a long and full life, and Obama did an amazing job of touching on the qualities that made him such an icon and a staple in American history.
A lot of different celebrities and fans across the world have joined in with the president to share their condolences as well. Muhammad touched many lives, and his influence will live on for years to come. Sadly, the world did lose a legend on June 3, and his presence will be greatly missed. Rest in paradise, Muhammad!
HollywoodLifers, what has been your favorite Muhammad Ali moment? Do you have any words you would like to share about him? Share your thoughts in the comments below!