Cape Town - Twitter went into overdrive at the news of the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali early on Saturday morning (SA time).
Ali's family confirmed the news in a brief statement released to the media through spokesman Bob Gunnell.
"After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74."
Ali had been admitted to hospital on Thursday with a respiratory ailment.
Unfortunately, his condition continued to steadily deteriorate.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
https://t.co/qyxgsqq3fN. May his soul rest in peace. He promoted boxing to highest level in the world.— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) 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
"Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."— Joel Wayne (@JoelWayneMusic) June 4, 2016
Legends meet again.— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) June 4, 2016
RIP hero and legend ?? pic.twitter.com/rCaOYH8VNU— Dane Piedt (@dane_piedt63) June 4, 2016
RIP LEGEND pic.twitter.com/1RLEqz4Gs7— toks van der Linde (@toksvdl) June 4, 2016
The Greatest... Farewell Muhammed Ali, rarely has a human impacted so many across so many different spheres.— stuart hess (@shockerhess) June 4, 2016
The Greatest - for there is only one - is gone. RIP Muhammad Ali— Gary Lemke (@GaryLemke) June 4, 2016