If one thing has been clear after the passing of Muhammad Ali, it’s that he touched people from all walks of life. It’s certainly expected that many professional athletes looked up to Ali, but since his death, we’ve seen people such as J.K. Rowling, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Donald Trump, and President Obama speak out on the passing of the legend.
The latest champion of their industry to pay their respects to Ali is Bob Dylan. The 12-time grammy award winner was a huge admirer of Ali, as the two both became legendary stars in the ’60s and ’70s, and he penned a tribute to the former world champion on his website, saying:
“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.”
Dylan is a noted boxing enthusiast, and even wrote Ali (then known still as Cassius Clay) a verse on his 1964 track “I Shall Be Free No. 10.” The two even met up backstage at Madison Square Garden during a 1975 benefit concert. Many people would have paid good money to be a fly on the wall for that conversation.
(Via Bob Dylan’s website)