Muhammad Ali Mourned by Hollywood, Sports Royalty

George Foreman, Caitlyn Jenner, Larry Wilmore and more tweet tributes

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Reactions to the death of Muhammad Ali came floated in like a butterfly late Friday on social media, so swiftly it would have surely pleased the legendary boxer.

Twitter lit up with several hashtags each pushing anywhere from 500,000 to nearly a million tweets, including “#MuhammadAli,” “#CassiusClay,” “#DamnAli” and “#RIPGOAT” — the GOAT a shorthand for one of Ali’s nicknames, Greatest of All Time.

“Ali, you were generous every time I met you. Thank you for all you did for so many. Your memory will live on forever,” wrote fellow Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.

Ali contemporary George Foreman weighed in to say “A part of me slipped away.” Younger boxers expressed their grief as well, including Manny Pacquiao (“We lost a giant today”) and Oscar de la Hoya (“a legend who transcended sport and was a true champion for all”).

GOP presidential candidate tweeted his condolences: “A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!”

Some celebrities noted the political ramifications of Ali’s life and career. “Now’s a great time to preemptively remind everyone who is gonna be celebrating Muhammad Ali tomorrow to also remember that he was a Muslim,” comedian W. Kamau Bell tweeted.

“Muhammad Ali, pacifist, Muslim. Convicted as a felon simply because he refused to go to Vietnam,” Oscar-winning documentarian Michael Moore wrote.

The boxer died Friday at age 74 after being hospitalized in Arizona for respiratory issues, his family confirmed.

Ali also suffered from Parkinson’s disease, which was diagnosed in 1984. The family is expected to hold a funeral in Louisville, Kentucky.

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