The world lost an all-time great icon on Friday, after the legendary Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74.
The sports world reacted to the announcement that Ali passed with grace, reflection and thanks for the man who paved the way for so many.
Personalities from around the sports world flocked to social media to pay their respects to the three-time world heavyweight champion.
Today my heart goes out to a pioneer, a true legend, and a hero by all means! Not a day went by entering the gym that I didn't think of you. Your charisma, your charm and above all, your class are all of the elements that will be greatly missed by myself and the world. You are someone that inspired me greatly throughout my boxing journey and words cannot express how great you were as a person! Thank you for everything you've done for Black America, in the the world of sports & entertainment and for the legacy you leave behind! My sincerest condolences to the Ali family!
Ralph Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy. A part of me slipped away, "The greatest piece" https://t.co/xVKOc9qtub
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
JUST IN: President Obama on Muhammad Ali: "Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it." pic.twitter.com/D6LMYJDdqv
— ABC News (@ABC) June 4, 2016
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) June 4, 2016
The Greatest is gone. What a life and legacy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 4, 2016
The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
— Tom Garfinkel (@TomGarfinkel) June 4, 2016
— Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) June 4, 2016
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 4, 2016
We will never forget Muhammad Ali, including his visit months before we won Super Bowl XLVII. #TheGreatest
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) June 4, 2016
Spent so much of my life preoccupied with Muhammad Ali; watching, reading, thinking and talking about him. I was one of millions.
— Max Kellerman (@Max_Kellerman) June 4, 2016
Vin remembers The Greatest of All Time.https://t.co/nL3UpCQmka
— MLB (@MLB) June 4, 2016
So far tonight I've see Ali pictured with Prince, MLK, Wilt, MJ, Sammy Davis, Michael Jackson, Sinatra, Tyson and dozens more. What a life.
— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) June 4, 2016
— Dana White (@danawhite) June 4, 2016
The sporting universe has just suffered a big loss. Muhammad Ali was my friend, my idol, my hero. We spent many moments together and always kept a good connection throughout the years. The sadness is overwhelming. I wish him peace with God. And I send love and strength to his family. // O universo do esporte sofre uma grande perda. Muhammad Ali era meu amigo, meu idolo, meu heroi. Passamos muitos momentos juntos e sempre mantivemos contatos todos esses anos. A tristeza é enorme. Desejo que ele descanse junto a Deus e amor e força à sua familia. #RIP @muhammadali