NEW YORK — In the wake of Muhammad Ali's death, giants in the entertainment, sports and political worlds paid tribute to his influence using social media.
The twitter account of President Barack Obama tweeting a picture with the caption "He shook up the world.. and the world's better for it."
He then issued a lengthy statement on his passing, describing Ali as "A man who fought for what was right. A man who fought for us. He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke out when others wouldn’t."
Former President Bill Clinton released a statement along with his wife and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump also followed with Tweets of their own.
Even Mayor Bill de Blasio posted a tribute on Twitter.
Entertainers Usher, Oprah, Madonna and Sean "Diddy" Combs posted pictures of themselves with the champ.
Diddy remembered when his young son sat in Ali's lap.
Comedian Chris Rock posting a photo of Prince and Ali together saying "I wish this year would stop already-- it's just too much."
Fellow boxers Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao all paid tribute to their idol on social media.
"Ali, Frazier & Foreman, we were 1 guy, a part of me slipped away "the greatest piece" Muhammad Ali," wrote George Foreman on Twitter.
For Ali's children he wasn't just the greatest; he was a king, a mountain and as his daughter Rasheda called him on Twitter, a "hero."
Shortly before his death, Laila Ali shared a heartwarming picture on Facebook of her father kissing her daughter, Sydney.
She wrote "Thank for all the love and well wishes. I feel your love and appreciate it!!"
And his daughter Hana tweeted a lengthy message about the legend's last moments writing: "We all tried to stay strong and whispered in his hear, 'You can go now. We will be okay. We love you. Thank you. You can go back to God now.'"
And true to his fighting nature, she said "all of his organs failed, but his heart wouldn't stop beating."AlertMe