Hollywood on Saturday mourned the death of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away at the age of 74 after losing his long-standing battle against Parkinson’s disease.
The Hollywood A-listers took to their social media handles to pay their tribute, with many of them posting well-known photos of the boxer, reports People Magazine.
Quincy Jones said in a statement, “RIP to the greatest of all time, our brother and friend Muhammad Ali. A man of character, faith, dignity, humanity and professionalism in your craft, you embodied the best of us as human beings. The world will miss your presence, but we’ll celebrate your spirit forever.”
“In a year where many greats have passed, the greatest of all has just left us. Goodbye champ. Fly like a butterfly,” tweeted actor Josh Gad.
Kate Hudson shared a video of some highlights from Ali’s career and wrote alongside, “Yes you did Mr Ali. You shook up the world Sending love and light to the family #RIP #TheGreatest.”
Actress Grace Gealey shared the legendary boxer’s snap with Prince of pop and wrote, “Royalty. Your legacies will forever inspire and live on. #Prince #MuhammadAli #RestInPeace.”
“What is going on??!! We are losing all of our National Treasures. Our Pillars of Humanity. He was the Greatest!” wrote Madonna along with a snap.
“This is the ALI we should all remember! The fun loving man who was fully himself!! RIP CHAMP!!!” wrote Justin Bieber.
The former three-time world heavyweight champion, who was admitted to a hospital in Phoenix, the United States with a respiratory problem, breathed his last surrounded by his family and friends.
Reportedly, Ali’s family spokesperson Bob Gunnell has confirmed the news while asking for privacy at this time.
The iconic figure, who also won an Olympic gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the 1980s.
Ali took retirement from his illustrious career after a defeat against Trevor Berbick in 1981.