“We raise a fist and pray for Muhammad Ali.”
The legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, regarded as the greatest fighter in the history of the sport, died on June 3 at the age of 74.
When the news broke, Chuck D was on stage with his recently formed Prophets of Rage group and took a moment to commemorate Ali’s life by asking the crowd to “raise a fist and pray,” as Billboard reports. The Public Enemy rapper previously narrated the 2006 ESPN documentary Ali Rap, which included a look at the boxer’s unique way of speaking.
Musicians from all eras have been expressing their condolences and love for Ali, one of the most iconic figures in modern US history. See tributes from Questlove, Puff Daddy, Pharrell, Quincy Jones and more below.
— Maybach Music Group (@MaybachMusicGrp) June 4, 2016
This pic means so much to me! The love he showed me he didn’t have too. He always was excited to see me. He even ca… pic.twitter.com/5xeYFcDoKF
— Sean Diddy Combs (@iamdiddy) June 4, 2016
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) June 4, 2016
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) June 4, 2016
I’m gonna cry a lot of tears tonight!!! RIP to The Original Greatest! Muhammad Ali!!!
— DJ Jazzy Jeff (@djjazzyjeff215) June 4, 2016
Our families would get together, just sit around and watch you fight.
You fought for so much.
Thank you Champ pic.twitter.com/xgA4UOIAcP
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 4, 2016
RIP to the greatest! Ali forever.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 4, 2016