Muhammad Ali January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016
He was inarguably The Greatest boxer ever to walk the face of the Earth (Bruce Lee was the greatest fighter of them all–and a huge fan of Ali, aptly enough. But Muhammad was the first to coin the phrase–and LIVE it.)
I don’t really have anything that I’d like to say publicly about Muhammad’s passing. Privately, my first reaction was that I’m glad that he’s finally out of his misery. The thought of an athlete–and a man–of such genuinely Olympian character, stature and ability forced by a cruel illness to live out his final years trapped inside a body that was less than a shell of his former self (while retaining the memories of what he had been and achieved, both inside and outside of the ring) has always brought me nothing but a deep sadness. Bravely enough, he always said that he was content with his fate–but frankly, I’ve never really believed that.
I think the memory of the superb physical, mental, and psychological specimen of humanity that he had been before the disease struck him must’ve been incredibly hard for him to bear–and a sadistically cruel torture for him on a daily basis. Needless to say, it’s a credit to the man’s immense courage and truly extraordinary character that he never once complained, nor showed any bitterness, sadness, anger, or regret regarding his condition. But I KNOW that it must’ve been an unimaginably difficult cross for him to bear. Fortunately, his spirituality and deeply genuine belief in his God never left him, and for that, I’ve always been grateful.
I’m glad that he’s finally WITH his God, and finally at peace, which he’s so long deserved. The world will never know another like him–and is an infinitely better place for his having been in it, and having shared so much of himself with us.
No-one will ever forget him.
He was loved by ALL.
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