Respect for Muhammad Ali

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Bob Dylan released a statement following the boxer’s death. Dylan responded to the news that the 74-year-old legend passed away by referencing the man’s self-proclaimed title, “the greatest”:

If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest. In every way he was the bravest, the kindest and the most excellent of men.

Paul Simon also mourned Ali’s passing during a performance of his song “The Boxer” at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, where he broke the news to an audibly affected crowd. Watch the clip after the jump.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →