Tributes to the late Muhammad Ali continued on Sunday (5 June) as the death of the former heavyweight champion triggered an outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.
Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body, died on 3 June at age 74.
Despite Ali’s failing health, his youthful proclamation that he was “the greatest” rang true until the end for millions of people around the world who respected him for his courage both inside and outside the ring.
Along with a fearsome reputation as a fighter, Ali spoke out against racism, war and religious intolerance, while projecting an unshakable confidence that became a model for African-Americans at the height of the civil rights era and beyond.
In Louisville, Kentucky, Ali’s hometown, fans have been gathering at the Muhammad Ali Center to pay respect to the fallen boxer since his death two days ago.
“A whole lot of inspiration and just, I got the utmost respect for him,” one female fan told reporters while visiting the Center.
In Atlanta, Georgia, someone managed to climb the enormous cauldron from the 1996 Summer Olympics and hang a pair of boxing gloves.
The site will forever be linked with Ali after he lit the cauldron with shaking hands to open the Games.