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Premier pays tribute to ‘legendary’ Ali

Michael Dunkley has paid tribute to Muhammad Ali, “the iconic and legendary boxer, activist and humanitarian” who died at the age of 74 on Friday.

The Premier offered sincere condolences to the family of Ali and the people of the United States on behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda.

“All of Bermuda should pause for a moment to be thankful for the life of Muhammad Ali, perhaps the greatest fighter and personality of our time,” Mr Dunkley said in a statement.

“Generations will recall the excitement and love he brought to the world.”

Mr Dunkley described Ali as a man of principle, unafraid and courageous, who became an “indelible part of our lives”.

He added: “We followed his rise to fame in the ring and out of it, and felt for him in a decline brought on by Parkinson's disease.

“Through a startling mix of athleticism and poetry, and then through a remarkable clash of his character and courage with America as it was, Muhammad Ali became an indelible part of our lives.

“He fought all his life in the ring and beyond, leaving a legacy of principle and sacrifice, tolerance and understanding. Through it all, the spirit of this champion never dimmed, his dignity never wavered and his courage was unquestioned.

Mr Dunkley added that as a “youngster who played lots of sports”, he followed “The Greatest” in the ring and noticed how much he said success depended on hard work and preparation.

“He brought this same spirit of commitment to global causes, and through his generosity many young men and women have benefited,” Mr Dunkley said.

“For people everywhere, of every race, nationality and age, Muhammad Ali was a charismatic hero, a freedom fighter and a true role model.

“The world is better for his life. May he rest in peace.”

Michael Dunkley, the Premier, has paid his respects to Muhammad Ali (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published June 05, 2016 at 5:28 pm (Updated June 05, 2016 at 5:33 pm)

Premier pays tribute to ‘legendary’ Ali

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