Three time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease on Friday. He was taken to a Phoenix area hospital on Thursday after suffering sudden severe respiratory distress. He was 74.
Only the Greatest can write his obituary. Here is how Ali wanted to be remembered, in his own words:
“I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous, and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him, and who helped as many people as he could. As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love.
And if all that’s too much, then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people. And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.”
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