Muhammad Ali


Age: 74

three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who was fast of fist, foot, and lip as he floated, stung but mostly thrilled even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper, who was The Greatest and fought in three different decades finishing with a record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts and was the first man to win heavyweight title three times after he whipped Sonny Liston twice, toppled George Foreman with a rope-a-dope in Zaire, and nearly finished to the death with Joe Frazier in the Philippines whose fights were so memorable that they had titles including "Rumble in the Jungle" and "Thrilla in Manila", but it was as much of his antics (and his mouth) outside the ring that transformed the man born Cassius Clay into a household name as Muhammad Ali with a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, who dominated sports for 20 years before time and Parkinson's disease that was triggered by thousands of blows to the head had ravaged his body, muted his voice, and ended his storied career in 1981.

Cause of Death: Septic shock

Born: January 17, 1942

Died: June 3, 2016

Scottsdale, Arizona