Celebrities Mourn Muhammad Ali’s Death

Iconic boxer Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday (Jun. 3) at the age of 74.

Through the years, he has been simply known as “The Greatest,” and as someone the hip-hop community loved dearly, what with his impressive skills in the ring and on the microphone, as one of the sport’s most charismatic and extraordinary figures.

Shortly after learning of his passing, rappers and singers responded by celebrating “The Greatest of All Time.” DJ Quik, for instance, spoke with Rap-Up about Ali at Power 106’s Powerhouse on Friday night just as the news broke.

“Growing up watching Ali, in 1975-76, on the ‘Wide World of Sports,’ those were the first big, big fights,” said the Compton producer. “That started pay-per-view. There wouldn’t be no Tyson if it wasn’t for Muhammad Ali.

“He was magnetic,” he added. “He was the kind of dude who could have easily been an actor, a pitch man for sports cars and liquor and all that because he had the gift of gab and he was a looker. Girls loved this man. For somebody to be that handsome, to get in the ring, get your face beat up, and like he said, ‘I’m still pretty.’ He was a total marketing guy, man. Very witty. Quick. And pound-for-pound, the greatest boxer of all time.”

Other stars also responded to Ali’s passing, delivering tribute-after-tribute to the legendary fighter on social media.

Diddy, who has a tattoo of Ali’s signature on his chest, shared his love for the fighter on Instagram. “Thank you for always showing me and my family love,” Puff wrote in a tribute post. “He was so kind to everyone he met! I want my son @princejdc to always cherish this moment. #RIPALI we miss you. We love you. You have changed the world. And taught us all something REST IN PEACE GREAT ONE.”

My teacher. Thank you Ali.

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R.i.P Muhammad Ali, God Bless

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RIP #ALI I'm so sad this was my guy 100%???????????????? We lost the GOAT????

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The Game shared one of Ali’s famous quotes: “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”

"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize" #RestInParadiseChamp

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And Nicki Minaj posted a video, showing just how legendary Ali’s gift of gab was.

“I’m the king of the world,” he says in the clip. “I’m pretty. I’m a bad man. I shook up the world.”

ALI BOMAYE ???

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–Andres Tardio