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He was known as "The Greatest", Muhammad Ali, arguably the greatest athlete of all time, passed away on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

Muhammad Ali -- Rest in Peace, Dear Champ—Sharon Kyle

Muhammad Ali -- Rest in Peace, Dear Champ—Sharon Kyle

He was, perhaps the most iconic boxing figure in history, but it was so much more than boxing that made him beloved by the black community, his boxing fans, his nation and beyond. The remarkable, charismatic, larger than life Ali has been called the most recognizable and admired figure of the 20th century. While sports fans remember him for his athletic prowess, social justice activists the world over admired his commitment to civil rights, refusal to fight in an unjust war, and his philanthropy.

Ultimately, it was Parkinson’s disease that took him out of the public eye. For more than 30 years, Muhammad Ali suffered the disease that interferred with his ability to move and speak coherently. His wife Lonnie Ali said, "Even though Muhammad has Parkinson's and his speech isn't what it used to be, he can speak to people with his eyes. He can speak to people with his heart, and they connect with him".

Ali suffered from a respiratory problem and was admitted to a Phoenix-area hospital in Arizona Thursday. He passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016.

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Muhammad Ali's skill in the boxing ring lead to notoriety but his love of humanity made him a legend. Rest in peace, dear Champ.

Sharon Kyle
Publisher, LA Progressive