Muhammad Ali: How world reacted to the boxer's death

The world reacts to Muhammad Ali

The world mourned the loss of one of the greatest sporting icons on Saturday.

Within seconds of the announcement of Muhammad Ali's death in the early hours of the morning, the boxer's name was trending on social media around the globe.

Presidents, politicians, musicians, athletes and celebrities paid their respects to the former heavyweight champion.

This is the story of how the world reacted to the death of Ali, referred to by many as simply 'The Greatest'.

Death of an icon

Muhammad Ali
The official Twitter account of Muhammad Ali announced his death at 05:42 BST and the tweet was retweeted more than 200,000 times
Rasheda Ali
Ali's children paid tribute to their father including daughter Rasheda
Hana Ali
Another daughter, Hana, paid this touching tribute

A president's tribute

President Obama
US President Barack Obama led the tributes to Ali

Boxing peers

George Foreman
Former heavyweight champion George Foreman lost his titles to Ali in the "The Rumble in the Jungle" in 1974

The boxing community

Mike Tyson
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson
Amir Khan
British boxer Amir Khan
Lennox Lewis
Britain's former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis
Floyd Mayweather
Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather
Anthony Joshua
Britain's IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua

From one great to another

Brazil's three-time World Cup winner Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all-time


Oprah Winfrey
American talk show host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger
JK Rowling
Author JK Rowling

Sports people

David Beckham
Former England captain David Beckham
Cathy Freeman
Former Australian Olympic champion Cathy Freeman
Lewis Hamilton
Britain's Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton


Rev Jesse Jackson Sr
American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson
David Cameron
Prime minister David Cameron


Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney of the Beatles
American singer Madonna
Justin Bieber
American popstar Justin Bieber

Out of this world

The American space agency paid this tribute

Better than Superman

DC Comics
This DC comic was published in 1978 and saw Ali fight Superman and win, before teaming up to fight aliens. The book ends with Ali proclaiming "Superman, WE are the greatest!".

A world mourns

One million tweets have been posted on Twitter since the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali was announced.

The term #RIPMuhammadAli was the top trending term worldwide on Twitter and so far has been used in over 850,000 tweets at a rate of nearly a thousand a minute.

Tweets began being sent at around 05:00 BST and reached a peak at 13:10 BST with 75,000 tweets sent in that hour alone.

Apart from his name, other trending terms include #thegreatest, #ripali, #ripchamp, and #goat (greatest of all time).

The UK and the US were the most tweeted from locations.

This map shows where the term #RIPMuhammadAli has been used in tweets

Sport pays tribute

Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas pays tribute outside the hotel
Spectators sit beneath a tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali before the international friendly football match between Australia and Greece in Sydney
Spectators sit beneath a tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali before the international friendly football match between Australia and Greece in Sydney

Hometown hero

The Courier-Journal
Saturday's front page from the newspaper of Ali's home town in Louisville, Kentucky

How the US media reacted

New York PostBoston HeraldDaily NewsSan Francisco ChronicleThe Orange County Register
Sports Illustrated
Ali featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated 40 times
TimeChicago Sun

The world's media pay tribute

Syndey Morning HeraldDaily Telegraph

UK media marks Ali's death

IndependentSunday PostSunday ExpressObserverSun on SundaySunday TelegraphSunday Times