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Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers in history, whose fame transcended the sporting world, died on June 3, 2016, at age 74, after being hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems.

  • Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as 'The Greatest,' dead at 74

    Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as 'The Greatest,' dead at 74

    He was fast of fist and foot — lip, too — a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He was The Greatest. Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74. He...

  • Muhammad Ali remembered in Muslim world as champ, 'hero,' voice of change

    Muhammad Ali remembered in Muslim world as champ, 'hero,' voice of change

    Of all Muhammad Ali's travels in the Muslim world, his 1964 trip to Egypt was perhaps the most symbolic, a visit remembered mostly by an iconic photo of the boxing great happily shaking hands with a smiling Gamal Abdel-Nasser, Egypt's nationalist and popular president. It was a mutually beneficial...

  • Muhammad Ali the fighter and Ali the man can't be separated

    Muhammad Ali the fighter and Ali the man can't be separated

    Muhammad Ali was more than just a fighter. You must have heard that phrase hundreds of times by now, echoed in eulogies that cement it in the public mind, splitting one man into two, the prizefighter and the icon. But separating the fighter from the man — because some are squeamish about what he...

  • Muhammad Ali's exile years in Chicago: 'Learning about life'

    Muhammad Ali's exile years in Chicago: 'Learning about life'

    During his years exiled from the boxing ring, dethroned heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali found refuge on the South Side of Chicago. Stripped of his boxing title after refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, Ali immersed himself in Islam, his newfound religion. And as the country that once hailed...

  • Muhammad Ali: More, much more, than a fighter

    Muhammad Ali: More, much more, than a fighter

    It was not apparent early on that Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. — later, Muhammad Ali— was the greatest fighter ever. He was so unconventional in and out of the ring. No one quite knew how to measure a boxer who kept his hands down, backed away instead of bobbing and weaving and seemed a little soft...

  • Ali biographer says of late champ: 'Unbelievable force of love'

    Ali biographer says of late champ: 'Unbelievable force of love'

    Muhammad Ali, the brash, larger-than-life prizefighter from Louisville turned civil rights icon, was a study in contrasts, as flawed as he was fascinating, though the Chicago author who has spent the last three years researching Ali's unauthorized biography believes that duality may have helped...

  • Remembering Muhammad Ali

    Remembering Muhammad Ali

    After Muhammad Ali's death June 3, 2016, memorials to the boxing legend appeared around the world, and those who knew him were quick to share their thoughts on Ali and his legacy.

  • Muhammad Ali's hometown of Louisville mourns its favorite son

    Muhammad Ali's hometown of Louisville mourns its favorite son

    A newborn arrived on a cold Louisville day in January 1942. His parents named him Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. "Imagine that day," Mayor Greg Fischer marveled on Saturday. "That little boy, eyes wide open, looking up, looking around the room at the old Louisville General Hospital, not knowing the...

  • A moment with Muhammad Ali

    A moment with Muhammad Ali

    The twinkle. That’s it. The twinkle in his eyes. That’s what I’ll always remember about Muhammad Ali. Not the braggadocio. Not the amazing hands and mesmerizing shuffle that backed up the braggadocio. Not the stand-up act with Howard Cosell. Not the courageous anti-war stance that showed how tough...

  • Muhammad Ali: Punisher in the ring, poet out of it

    Muhammad Ali: Punisher in the ring, poet out of it

    Muhammad Ali's arm quivered as he extended his hand and my voice trembled as I introduced myself that magical day almost 20 years ago. I was a young sports columnist at the South Bend Tribune and Ali was the living legend 1,500 people had lined up to meet Dec. 28, 1996, at a Mishawaka, Ind., bookstore....

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