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R.I.P. Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Muhammad Ali has passed away. He was 74. From the Washington Post:

    Muhammad Ali, the charismatic three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world and Olympic gold medalist who transcended the world of sports to become a symbol of the antiwar movement of the 1960s and ultimately a global ambassador for cross-cultural understanding, died Friday night at a hospital in Phoenix, where he was living.

  2. Luroda

    Consistently Lurking

    Man... :tear:
  3. Jonesy

    Be my alibi?

    It's one thing to be a champion in a sport and be respected for it, it's another thing to also be a champion of the people. This is a loss of a true legend.
    thecobrakais, Schooner and bd007h like this.
  4. MrRobot

    Twitter/IG: @scott325

    Ali is the single most important athlete in American history and it has little to do with any actual sport. He gave up the prime of his career and millions of dollars based on a purely moral stance, as a black Muslim in civil rights era America, and died an American icon.

    Sports have changed, and a lot of other things in the country have changed, but it's hard to think there will be another athlete who has the kind of impact outside of sports, when it comes to actual meaningful things in the world, like Ali did.
  5. bd007h's resident Meg Myers fan #GoSabres/Bills

    A terrible loss for not only the sports world, but for the world in general. RIP

    It's amazing he lived as long as he did.
  6. Serh

    Prestigious Prestigious

  7. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Awful, awful news. The only poster I have in my classroom is of Ali.
  8. 2016 is been a real god damn shit with this stuff.
  9. TedSchmosby


    So upsetting to hear. In fourth grade, my class put on a Christmas play and I was insistent that the teacher not only write Muhammad Ali into the play, but cast me in the role because fuck it, it's Muhammad Ali.
    collin512 likes this.
  10. vein.ftm

    Trusted Prestigious

    We are losing way too many legends this year
  11. PandaBear!

    Trusted Prestigious

    more than a legend; one of the rare few that becomes an icon for all of sport. R.I.P.
    beachdude42 and Dirty Sanchez like this.
  12. jellyfishfossil


    One of the greats among combat sports. RIP
  13. jorbjorb

    7 rings

    Greatest. Rip
  14. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

  15. atlas


    Don't let people & the media reduce your view of this man to a motivational quote factory. He's one of the most important civil rights figures ever (that just happened to be the greatest boxer in the world by far). Legend
    Serh likes this.
  16. Jake Z


    My hometown legend. This really sucks. But his impact will live on forever. RIP Champ.
  17. ansonyuhas


    There is no other athlete like him.
  18. youll be fine

    Trusted Supporter

    Man this dude is a legend. Very sad to hear
  19. Collins


    "“I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag. I ain’t running to Canada. I’m staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I’ll die right here, right now, fightin’ you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my rights here at home.”
  20. Anthony_

    A (Cancelled) Dork Prestigious

    Ali's transcending mere sport and becoming a figure of strength and defiance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is something that a lot of people alive today (myself included) have taken for granted. The man was more than a man, more than a champion, more than a legend, even. There is no word for what Ali was. Titan, maybe. I don't even think that does him justice. His words will live on forever, as (hopefully) will his message. It's up to every on of us to see that it does.
  21. skogsraet

    Trusted Supporter

    Until his death, I don't think I really grasped how influential he was outside of sports. What a loss. RIP.