The world is mourning the loss of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
After the iconic fighter was hospitalized earlier this week for reasons related to his Parkinson’s disease, several news reports said his condition was rapidly deteriorating. As family rushed to his side, many began to fear the worst and send their prayers.
Late Friday evening it was confirmed that Ali had died at the age of 74 and fans and supporters are in shock. An outpouring of love and grief from around the world immediately engulfed the Internet and a host of Ali’s celebrity friends took to social media to express their grief, send condolences and celebrate his life.
Fellow boxing superstars George Foreman and Mike Tyson, as well as supermodel Naomi Campbell, were among those who send heartfelt messages from their personal Twitter pages.
Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy a part of me slipped away "the greatest piece" Muhammad Ali.— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
This Man. This King. This Hero. This Human! Words cannot express. He shook up the World! God Bless Him. pic.twitter.com/FQgKup7swz— Madonna (@Madonna) June 4, 2016
Others used Instagram to share special moments they’d shared with Ali over the years, including entertainment mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs, actress Gabrielle Union and boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Today my heart goes out to a pioneer, a true legend, and a hero by all means! Not a day went by entering the gym that I didn't think of you. Your charisma, your charm and above all, your class are all of the elements that will be greatly missed by myself and the world. You are someone that inspired me greatly throughout my boxing journey and words cannot express how great you were as a person! Thank you for everything you've done for Black America, in the the world of sports & entertainment and for the legacy you leave behind! My sincerest condolences to the Ali family!
May Muhammad Ali rest in peace as we continue to celebrate his life and legacy.