African celebrities and footballers continue to pour in their heartfelt messages to one of the world’s greatest boxers, Muhammad Ali, who passed on Friday after battling with Parkinson’s disease.
Ali, 74, died Friday night at 9:10 MT, from what officials said was the result of septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.
The three-time heavyweight champion had been at Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, with what family spokesman Bob Gunnell initially had described as a respiratory issue.
A public memorial is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. ET at the Yum! Center, a 22,000-seat basketball arena in the city where Ali grew up and began his amateur career as a 12-year-old.
President @BarackObama hails #MuhammadAli as a champion “who fought for what was right.”
President of Kenya @PresidentKE
Muhammad Ali was not only a great boxer, I celebrate him as an inspiration and a peacemaker. He left footprints of true greatness on earth.
Aubrey Ngoma @aubreyngoma11
You definitely will forever be remembered #RIP THE Greatest
Mbark Boussoufa @mbark_boussoufa
Legends come and go but Muhammad Ali made the most impact as a sportsman… Rip The worlds greatest
Fred Oumar KANOUTÉ @FredericKanoute
Inspiring #faith, RIP #MuhammadAli https://twitter.com/bbcsporf/status/739001053761396736 …
Paul Malignagg – @PaulMalignaggi
Any fighter who ever strived to be & act like The Greatest took their cue from one man. #RIP, Muhammad Ali.
Travis Graham @travisgraham_6
RIP legend 🙏🏼
Jerry VanDam @JerryVanDam8
#RIPMuhammadAli #TheGreatest thank you for all u did,your courage,your direction.#impossible is nothing
Kanu Nwankwo @papilokanu
“I know where I’m going and I know the truth and I don’t have to be what u want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” R.I.P MOHAMMED ALI
Sunday Oliseh @SundayOOliseh
Legendary Mohammad Ali is dead! In My heart he will always live on! Ali’s Documentary “the Greatest” is the most motivational video ever!
Kevin-Prince Boateng @KPBofficial
Rest in heaven greatest of all time #RIH #cantbelieveit 😢😢🙏🏼🙏🏼 #muhammadali
André Ayew @AyewAndre
Your the one and only, for me you will never be gone… U inspired all of us.. Thank u CHAMP! RIP LEGEND 😭🙏…
Orlando Pirates FC @Orlando_Pirates
Even The Greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step. RIP Muhammad Ali.
Carl Ikeme @Carl_Ikeme
R.I.P to my idol and the Greatest sportsman that ever lived. Ali ❤️
Yaya Touré @YayaToure
RIP Muhammad Ali. You will always mean something special to me, Africa and the world. Thank you for all you did. 🙏🏿
ASAMOAH GYAN @ASAMOAH_GYAN3
He’s one of the reasons for my interest in boxing, #RIPMuhammadAli …..truly the greatest of all.
Elderson Echiejile @EldersonEch
RIP Mohammad Ali. Always a champion even in death! #WorldGreatest #ChampionForever #EUE3
Victor Wanyama @VictorWanyama
R.I.P Champion #MuhammadAli
Odion Jude Ighalo @ighalojude
Alexander Iwobi @alexiwobi
R.I.P Muhammad Ali 🌹
Salif Diao @salifdiao77
The South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Dr Danny Jordaan has joined the world in mourning the…
Lauren Etame Mayer @Lauren12arsenal
He changed people’s opinions about boxers. A smart strategist with an incredible natural talent. An idol for me. #RIPMuhammadAli
Yannick Bolasie @YannickBolasie
Impossible ain’t a fact it’s an opinion rip Muhammad Ali (the greatest)