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.
Read the latest tributes:
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 4, 2016
Ralph Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy. A part of me slipped away, "The greatest piece" https://t.co/xVKOc9qtub
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 4, 2016
Manny Pacquiao releases a statement on the passing of Muhammad Ali. pic.twitter.com/hRa2kM3CLr
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 4, 2016
I met #Ali once. He was a great role model and a great man. Sending my thoughts and prayers to his family tonight.
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) June 4, 2016
"If my mind can conceive it & my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it." Muhammad Ali taught us all to dream. pic.twitter.com/my6Cdw2p12
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) June 4, 2016
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— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) June 4, 2016
— Gina Carano (@ginacarano) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali, pacifist, Muslim. Convicted as a felon simply because he refused to go to Vietnam: "No Vietnamese ever called me n*****." -Ali
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2016
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.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali was kind , gentle funny and always a gentleman to me and my family!!
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) June 4, 2016
— Foster The People (@fosterthepeople) June 4, 2016
His may be the Greatest of 20th century American stories. Muhammad Ali, rest In peace 1942-2016
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 4, 2016
Thank God for Muhammad Ali. ????????????❤️❤️❤️ the greatest fighter there ever has been. All of us who fight for civil rights owe him a great debt.
— Wondaland Records (@wondaland) June 4, 2016
i join in the chorus of those lamenting the passing of Muhammad Ali tonight. A gr8 champion & historic figure.
— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) June 4, 2016
— Jay Pharoah (@JayPharoah) June 4, 2016
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) June 3, 2016
"I'm so fast, I can turn off the light and hop in the bed before the room gets dark." RIP Muhammad Ali #GOAT
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) June 4, 2016