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Don King on Muhammad Ali: This is a Sad Day For Life

Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74, according to a statement from the family. He was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, and his children had flown in from around the country.

"It's a sad day for life, man. I loved Muhammad Ali, he was my friend. Ali will never die," Don King, who promoted some of Ali's biggest fights, told The Associated Press early Saturday. "Like Martin Luther King his spirit will live on, he stood for the world."

A funeral will be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The city plans a memorial service Saturday.

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor Ali.

"The values of hard work, conviction and compassion that Muhammad Ali developed while growing up in Louisville helped him become a global icon," Fischer said. "As a boxer, he became The Greatest, though his most lasting victories happened outside the ring."

With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, Ali dominated sports for two decades before time and Parkinson's disease, triggered by thousands of blows to the head, ravaged his magnificent body, muted his majestic voice and ended his storied career in 1981.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fredhopple on 06-04-2016

Pity Clay Ali and feel sad for his suffering but was no idol-ever Clay refused to fight for America and joined the Muslims who hated the USA. Clay was no hero and Clay was no idol to be worshiped and…

Comment by //// on 06-04-2016

showed how much he loved him by taking everything he had

Comment by mrbigshot on 06-04-2016

[QUOTE=el***;16763441]like Don King gives a fuk, Ali was one of the many many fighters he ripped off. The guy is pure scum[/QUOTE] word Don King fvcked Ali big style - why can't that cvnt die - the world woudl be…

Comment by elfag on 06-04-2016

like Don King gives a fuk, Ali was one of the many many fighters he ripped off. The guy is pure scum

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