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Statement from Muhammad Ali On the Passing of Ernie Terrell

Ali Mourns Passing of Fellow Fighter

“I am saddened by the news of Ernie Terrell’s passing. He and I go back almost fifty years. While we competed in the ring only once, we became friends outside of it. Ernie and I had a mutual understanding about the professional versus personal elements of our lives. We respected one another. In recent years, Ernie had attended some of our family events and had visited the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. He was a big man with a big heart, and will be missed by me and our family.”
–Muhammad Ali


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