Statement from Donald Lassere, President and CEO, Muhammad Ali Center

(June 4, 2016)...

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (June 4, 2016) — “On behalf everyone associated with the Muhammad Ali Center and everyone in the Louisville community who loved Muhammad, we want to express our deepest sympathies to his wife, Lonnie, and Muhammad’s entire family.

“His wife, Lonnie once said, that Muhammad belongs to the world. He was the People’s Champion, one of the most recognized and beloved individuals on the face of the earth, co-founder of the Muhammad Ali Center, and an inspiration to all. He will be remembered for his love for all people, his athleticism, humanitarian deeds, social justice, and perhaps mostly… his courage in and outside of the ring.

“The Muhammad Ali Center was created to help preserve and share the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. If you would like to express your condolences, your personal stories, or to help celebrate Muhammad’s life, please come to the Ali Center today.”

Donald Lassere is available for interviews. Contact Jeanie Kahnke for information 502-992-5301 or

What is happening at the Muhammad Ali Center

  • Open today until 5pm
  • Open tomorrow 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Visitors can come to share condolences and memories at the Center or online /
  • $5 Suggested donation (but not required)
  • At 3 p.m. EDT today, Muhammad’s family will make an announcement about arrangements.

About the Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit


Jeanie Kahnke
Senior Director of Public Relations and External Affairs