Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.
The legendary boxer passed away at a Phoenix area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications.
His family says Ali died Friday surrounded by loved ones.
Born Cassius Clay on Jan. 17, 1942, Ali started boxing at the age of 12 and won a gold medal as a light heavyweight in the 1960 Olympic Games, but is most remembered for his legendary fights with Joe Frazier, which included the “Thrilla in Manila”.
Ali was as deadly with his insults as he was with his fists in the ring, famously using the line “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” He simply was “The Greatest”.
Reaction came in from the world of sports, entertainment and politics. President Bill Clinton who awarded Ali the Presidential Citizens Medal, mourned the death of the three-time heavyweight champion.
“Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali,” Clinton said in a statement.
“From the day he claimed the Olympic gold medal in 1960, boxing fans across the world knew they were seeing a blend of beauty and grace, speed and strength that may never be matched again.”
A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali’s hometown.
A funeral is planned for Wednesday, also in Louisville.