Muhammad Ali: How the world reacted to the boxer’s death


Muhammad Ali

The world mourned the loss of one of the greatest sporting icons on Saturday.

Within seconds of the announcement of Muhammad Ali’s death in the early hours of the morning, the boxer’s name was trending on social media around the globe.

Presidents, politicians, musicians, athletes and celebrities paid their respects to the former heavyweight champion.

This is the story of how the world reacted to the death of Ali, referred to by many as simply ‘The Greatest.’

Rasheda Ali
Ali’s children paid tribute to their father including daughter Rasheda
Hana Ali
Another daughter Hana paid this touching tribute

A president’s tribute

President Obama
US President Barack Obama led the tributes to Ali

Boxing peers

George Foreman
Former heavyweight champion George Foreman lost his titles to Ali in the “The Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974

The boxing community

Mike Tyson
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson
Amir Khan
British boxer Amir Khan
Lennox Lewis
Britain’s former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis
Floyd Mayweather
Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather
Anthony Joshua
Britain’s IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua

From one great to another

Brazil’s three-time World Cup winner Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all-time


Oprah Winfrey
American talk show host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger
JK Rowling
Author JK Rowling

Sports people

David Beckham
Former England captain David Beckham
Cathy Freeman
Former Australian Olympic champion Cathy Freeman
Lewis Hamilton
Britain’s Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton


Rev Jesse Jackson Sr
American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson
David Cameron
Prime minister David Cameron


Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney of the Beatles
American singer Madonna
Justin Bieber
[Source  BBC]