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Old News: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74 IN 2016!

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Wed, 05 Jun 2019 17:59:38 Z)

Did boxing legend Muhammad Ali recently die at the age of 74? No, that's not true: Despite tens of thousands of RIP posts for the deceased champ on June 3, 2019, Ali left the earthly ring on that date three years earlier. Many people likely saw a "memories" post shared by a friend and re-shared it without realizing it was old.

The belated condolences began spreading on Facebook on June 3, 2019, including in a post (archived here) that included a 3-year-old BBC obituary with the message "RIP Muhammad you were an inspiration to so many people." It opened:

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali - one of the world's greatest sporting figures - has died at the age of 74.
The former world heavyweight champion died late on Friday at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, having been admitted on Thursday.
He had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson's disease.
Ali's funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, said his family.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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