Newswire: R.I.P. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali—a political activist, author, and one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century—has died, the Associated Press reports. Ali, who was hospitalized in Phoenix recently due to complications from a respiratory complaint, was 74 years old.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., and boxing for several years under the name Cassius Clay, Ali first stepped into the ring when he was 12 years old. Ten years later, he was the heavyweight champion of the world, defeating champ Sonny Liston and becoming the youngest man ever to win the title through a direct contest (a record Mike Tyson would subsequently claim for himself in 1986). Ali was known both for his speed in the ring and his love of verbally sparring with opponents—coining irresistible phrases like “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and “Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see” in …

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