Muhammad Ali, who became a three-time heavyweight champion, passed away late Friday evening in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ali was admitted into hospital recently for respiratory complications. A family member confirmed to NBC News that Ali died.
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Ali lived an extraordinary life, enraging mainstream America in the 1960s by refusing military service and then endearing them with his legendary battles in the ring and his charisma.
Social media is now remembering Ali.
Rest in Peace to the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. pic.twitter.com/GzIzW7xNlk
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) June 4, 2016
Crushed to hear of the passing of the greatest of all time @MuhammadAli …. It was an honor and a privilege to know you my friend …. RIP
— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali. The only man I ever idolized. RIP my hero. You meant so much to me
— Marcos Breton (@MarcosBreton) June 4, 2016
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 4, 2016
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) June 4, 2016
"I just wish people would love everybody else the way that they love me. It would be a better world." -Muhammad Ali
— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) June 4, 2016
More on this story as it develops.