[WBC and WIBA super middleweight champion Laila Ali is kissed by her father, boxing great Muhammad Ali, at the MCI Center in Washington on June 11, 2005. (JASON REED/REUTERS)]
New York/Mumbai/London: The passing of Muhammad Ali was felt around the world Friday as family friends, world leaders, celebrities and fans poured out their grief in remembrance of the former Olympic and heavyweight champion, social activist, humanitarian, sporting icon and the most famous Muslim convert.
In a message posted after Muhammad Ali died in a hospital Friday, his daughter Rashea Ali said that her father was "The Greatest Man that ever lived. Daddy my best friend & my Hero You R no longer suffering & now in a better place."
"Our father was a 'Humble Mountain!' And now he has gone home to God. God bless you daddy. YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!", Hana, another daughter, said.
Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali, also shared a touching photo on Facebook and thanked fans for their support.
The 38-year-old posted on her official Facebook page, "I love this photo of my father and my daughter Sydney when she was a baby! "Thank for all the love and well wishes. I feel your love and appreciate it!!"
The sporting world and celebrities from Hollywood and Bollywood were full of tributes to the inspiration that Ali's greatness gave future athletes.
“I’m glad to have known Ali because when I was a kid at 8 years old I was told I can be like Ali,” said former champ Evander Holyfield in an MSNBC interview.
Bollywood star Dia Mirza used Twitter to express her grief over the sad demise of Muhammad Ali. "Thank you for the strength. My childhood would have been incomplete without your inspiration. RIP Muhammad Ali", she wrote.
In his condolence message Abhishek Bachchan said, "Crushed! Muhammad Ali was the first sportsman I was told about by Amitabh Bachchan. He was inspirational and an idol."
Rana Daggubati, another Indian star, wrote on twitter, "Woke up to the worst news! Strength to the greatest! Muhammad Ali. Greatest of all time."
Ali entertained and inspired with his rapid-fire tongue, quick wit and amazing boxing skills that propelled him to become a three-time heavyweight champ.
But Holyfield was just as impressed with Ali’s heart, the punishment he was able to absorb in the ring, most notably in his three famous fights with Joe Frazier.
“You had to be stronger to get up from a loss to go on,” Holyfield said. “That’s what Ali proved.
“That’s what people don’t understand. It’s one thing to be able to give it. It’s another to receive it.”
Former Ali foe George Foreman offered his condolences on Ali’s passing, saying he lost a part of himself.
“Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy. A part of me slipped away, “The greatest piece” Foreman wrote on Twitter.
“It’s a sad day for life, man. I loved Muhammad Ali, he was my friend. Ali will never die,” Don King, who promoted some of Ali’s biggest fights, told The Associated Press early Saturday. “Like Martin Luther King his spirit will live on, he stood for the world.”
“He was the greatest fighter of all time but his boxing career is secondary to his contribution to the world,” promoter Bob Arum added. “He’s the most transforming figure of my time certainly. He did more to change race relations and the views of people than even Martin Luther King.”
“Words can’t explain what Muhammad Ali has done for the sport of boxing,” Floyd Mayweather told ESPN. “He’s one of the guys that paved the way for me to be where I am today. We lost a legend, a hero and a great man.”
Mayweather later added on Instagram that Ali was a "pioneer" and said "your charisma, your charm and above all, your class are all of the elements that will be greatly missed by myself and the world."
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James also issued a statement about Ali’s passing. “The reason why he’s the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) is not because of what he did in the ring, which was unbelievable. It’s what he did outside of the ring, what he believed in, what he stood for,” James said in a statement. “He’s part of the reason why African-Americans today can do what we do in the sports world.” Fellow former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
“God came for his champion. So long great one. @MuhammadAli #TheGreatest #RIP.”
Oscar De La Hoya added a picture of himself alongside the Ali after news of the heavyweight’s passing.
“RIP @muhammadali, a legend who transcended sport and was a true champion for all. #thegreatest #MuhammadAli” De La Hoya wrote.
NBA commisioner Adam Silver said in a statement Ali was "deeply admired by so many throughout the league" and added that his "legacy lives on in every athlete who takes astand for what he or she believes."
It wasn’t just those who shared the ring with him or those who were inspired by the giant of the sports world who shared their thoughts on the Ali.
Word of Ali's passing rocked around the world as fans and celebrities also expressed their sadness.
Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville said that flags would be lowered to half-mast for the hometown hero on Saturday, and that there would be a ceremony honoring him at 10 a.m.\
R. Kelly, whose song "The World's Greatest" was inspired by Ali, paid tribute to him on Instagram and said "R.I.P. to the World's Greatest."
“His may be the Greatest of 20th century American stories. Muhammad Ali, rest In peace 1942-2016,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote.
“There will never be another Muhammad Ali. amazing man. His loss is ALL of our loss. May God bless him and his family,” Montel Williams said.
“I mourn the passing of #MuhammadAli. He was indeed "The Greatest." An American legend & a true Champion for the world. #RIPMuhammadAli,” Larry King wrote.
World leaders also expressed their admiration for the global superstar, according to Daily News, New York.
"Muhammad Ali was not just a champion in the ring - he was a champion of civil rights, and a role model for so many people," British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump also offered his condolences. “Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!” Trump wrote.