Muhammad Ali's death from complications due to his Parkinson's disease on Friday evening was a surprise to many fans. Ali's death at 74 years old, like Prince and David Bowie earlier this year, is hard to handle for many fans. Say what you will about social media; sometimes in a time of crisis and collective feels it's the only place to be. These Muhammad Ali Facebook tributes posted since his death really show how many people, from every corner of the world and all walks of life, he really touched.
Because all across the board, Ali has touched people's lives. His fans, his friends, his family, even the networks that broadcast his fights — those in the ring and those he fought outside the gym — have taken to social media to remember the heavyweight champion. On Saturday, even President Obama made a statement about his death. Obama said, "Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period." "If you just asked him, he'd tell you. He'd tell you he was the double greatest; that he'd 'handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail," the President said. Those are some very, very big words. Which seems fitting for the prize fighter and civil rights advocate. But there are may ways to remember him. Here are some other Facebook tributes.
From his daughter, Laila,
Laila wrote, "I love this photo of my father and my daughter Sydney when she was a baby! Thanks for all the love and well wishes. I feel your love and appreciate it!!"
Muhammad Ali was The Greatest of all time. Perhaps the greatest in any sport. The outpouring of emotion currently taking place around the world is a testament to his impact beyond boxing and beyond sports. On behalf of everyone at Showtime Networks, and our extended boxing family, we offer our condolences to the Ali family and to the millions of people the world over that were inspired by his grace, poise and prowess in life.
From actress Kate Walsh
From Sports Illustrated
Of course, Ali gets the cover for the next issue.
From Rohan Marley
One of Bob Marley's sons wrote on the social network, "THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME' Fly away home."
From Kel Mitchell
From Amy Tan
The author wrote on her Facebook page:
About twenty years ago, I was sitting on a sofa in a small area of the lobby in the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. A crowd of reporters burst through the lobby doors. And then someone slipped into the area where I was and sat on the sofa directly across from me. It was Muhammad Ali, larger than life. He stared ahead blankly and did not appear to see me or the reporters. He said nothing. I said nothing. I thought it was odd that the reporters were allowing him this moment of quiet. They were waiting. He was waiting. I was waiting. He was the poet boxer sitting in the corner of a ring before the next round. After a minute, he got up and resumed walking through the lobby with the parade of reporters trailing behind him. The sofa in front of me now seemed to hold a ball of his energy.
Even The Man Himself
He was an inspiration all around.