Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74 early Saturday morning. The three-time heavyweight champion of the world was a close friend of the University of Louisville and was in attendance for multiple games over the years.
UofL athletic director Tom Jurich and head basketball coach Rick Pitino released statements early Saturday morning on the passing of Ali.
“All of us in the Cardinal Athletics family are deeply, deeply saddened with the passing of an absolute worldwide legend in Muhammad,” Tom Jurich said in an official release. “While he was undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes in history, the Champ made a difference in the lives of so many around the world. His generosity with his time for anything we asked of him – or things he offered to do without us asking – was incredible, as was the financial commitment he and Lonnie made to our baseball program at U of L. It was a true honor for me to know him, and he will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Lonnie and the entire family.”
“All of Louisville celebrates the life of our Champion, said Rick Pitino. “He shined brightest in the ring & preached peace outside of it”He loved babies, people and cherished his friends . We will miss you Champ. Rest in peace.”<