During a show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California on Friday night, Paul Simon stopped midway through Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer" to announce the death of Muhammad Ali.
"I'm sorry to tell you this in this way, but Muhammad Ali passed away" Simon says to the crowd before finishing the song with the final verse.
"In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders, of every glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out, in his anger and his shame
I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains."
Watch video of the touching tribute below:
Paul McCartney released this tribute on his website
"Dear Muhammad Ali. I loved that man. He was great from the first day we met him in Miami, and on the numerous occasions when I ran into him over the years. Besides being the greatest boxer, he was a beautiful, gentle man with a great sense of humour who would often pull a pack of cards out of his pocket, no matter how posh the occasion, and do a card trick for you. The world has lost a truly great man. Love Paul"
Bob Dylan also released this tribute on his website
"If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest. In every way he was the bravest, the kindest and the most excellent of men."
These three said it better than any of us could. Rest in peace, Muhammad Ali.